Killing Ground on Okinawa: The Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill

Killing Ground on Okinawa: The Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill

by James H. Hallas


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On May 12, 1945, the 6th Marine Division was nearing Naha, capital of Okinawa. To the division's front lay a low, loaf-shaped hill. Over the next week, the Marines made repeated attacks on the hill losing thousands of men to death, wounds, and combat fatigue. Ironically, these losses may not have been necessary. General Lemuel Shepherd, Jr. had argued for an amphibious assault to the rear of the Japanese defense line, but his proposal was rejected by U.S. Tenth Army Commander General Simon Bolivar Buckner. That refusal led to a controversy that has continued to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275947262
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/11/1996
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 1 Year

About the Author

James H. Hallas is the author of three other books, including an account of the assault on Peleliu. He lives in Portland, Connecticut.

Table of Contents


The Reason Why

The Marines Head South

George Company Meets Sugar Loaf

The Push Continues

Night Attack


On the Line

The Bitterest Day

A Hard Day for Easy

Sugar Loaf Falls

Enter the 4th

Bitter Victory

Forgotten Warriors


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