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Killing Ground on Okinawa: The Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill

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    James H. Hallas(Author)

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A key point in the Japanese defensive line on Okinawa in May 1945, Sugar Loaf Hill was the site of a tenacious seven-day battle that inflicted heavy casualties on the U.S. Marines attacking the hill. In this emotionally compelling account of the fierce fight, this book chronicles the extraordinary courage and tactical skills of the 6th Marine Division's junior officers and enlisted men as they captured a network of sophisticated Japanese defences on Sugar Loaf while under heavy artillery fire from surrounding hills.

To give human dimensions to the story, the author draws on his many interviews with participants and skilfully weaves together their individual stories of the sustained close-quarter fighting that claimed more than 2,000 Marine casualties. Pushed to their physical and moral limits during eleven attempts to capture the fifty-foot-high, 300-yard-long hill, the Marines proved their uncommon valour to be a common virtue, and this detailed record of their courage and commitment assures them a permanent place in history.

-Hallas's chronicle of the battle's many instances of grace under fire will enhance all collections devoted to war's human dimensions.- -- Publishers Weekly"Hallas's chronicle of the battle's many instances of grace under fire will enhance all collections devoted to war's human dimensions." -- Publishers Weekly

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • James H. Hallas(Author)
  • Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (30 Sept. 2007)
  • English
  • 6
  • History

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  • By David I. Walker on 14 March 2017

    This book tells you why the battle for Sugarloaf Hill ( on Okinawa ) was some of the fiercest fighting of the Battles to captureOkinawa . The thing that amazed me about the Hill was just how small and low-slung it was , and that looked like it would be easy to capturebut in fact was a really tough hill to capture due to the inter-locking features that supported it - and why it was so important to capture .overall , a very good read

  • By Aussie Reader on 15 February 2003

    James H. Hallas's book 'Killing Ground on Okinawa' is one of those books that should be in any decent military history library. Having previously read his account of the fighting on Peleliu, 'The Devil's Anvil' I couldn't wait to read this account of the battle for Sugar Loaf Hill. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in this book.The author allows the Marines who took part in the fighting tell the story and its incredible to read what these blokes went through for what looks like a very small piece of Pacific Island real estate. The accounts of the fighting men are detailed and to the point and you are forced to sit back and think of how these men endured this hell, it is almost beyond the comprehension of today's generation.The narrative is full of details but the real guts of the book is the first-hand accounts by the men involved in the assaults against the well constructed Japanese defensive positions. Not only were the Japanese well dug in and protected but they used their firepower and weapons to great advantage. They wrought destruction upon the advancing marines. Men and machines were continually being knocked out with no gain being made against the determined Japanese defence.Finally after a heroic night attack the marines secured a toehold on Sugar Loaf but then had to hold against Japanese counter attacks and massive counter fire from artillery, mortars, machine guns and snipers. The casualty list for the marine units were massively high causing some questioning of the strategy and tactics used by the Army High Command. In over seven days of fighting the 6th Marine Division suffered over 2,000 casualties fighting for this pimple of a hill which secured the Japanese Shuri Line.The only fault that I could find with this book was the standard of the maps and photographs. I am sure that they could have been of a higher calibre. Overall this is a great story of combat, dedication, bravery and Espirt de Corp. I think it is one of the better combat accounts of the Pacific Theatre that I have read in some years and I am certain that anyone interested in the Pacific War would be fascinated by this account.

  • By JOHN on 11 January 2016

    A great read, right down into the detail of what those brave men did.

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