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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Overview

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, James H. Hallas 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 defenses 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 skillfully 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 valor to be a common virtue, and this detailed record of their courage and commitment assures them a permanent place in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591143567
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Preface

The Reason Why

The Marines Head South

George Company Meets Sugar Loaf

The Push Continues

Night Attack

Counterattack

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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