82 Days on Okinawa

One American's Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War's Greatest Battle

by Art Shaw, Robert L. Wise

On Sale: 03/03/2020

82 Days on Okinawa

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82 Days on Okinawa

One American's Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War's Greatest Battle

by Art Shaw, Robert L. Wise

On Sale: 03/03/2020

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A riveting firsthand account of American heroism, Colonel Art Shaw’s 82 Days on Okinawa delivers an unprecedented soldier’s-eye view of the Pacific War’s “bloodiest battle of all” (New York Times)—the climactic final land battle of World War II and a campaign so brutal that it convinced leaders to unleash the atomic bomb.

75 years ago, he was the first officer ashore Okinawa. It's taken him a lifetime to speak about the 82 days that followed.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The men were there to launch the largest amphib­ious assault on the Pacific Theater. War planners expected an 80 percent casualty rate.

The first American officer ashore was then-Major Art Shaw, a unit commander in the U.S. Army’s 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months, Shaw and his men served near the front lines of the Pacific’s costliest battle, their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island.

Over eighty-two days, the Allies fought the Japanese army in a campaign that would claim more than 150,000 human lives. When the final calculations were made, the Deadeyes were estimated to have killed 37,763 of the enemy. The 361st Field Artillery Battalion had played a crucial role in the victory. The campaign would be the last major battle of World War II and a key pivot point leading to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to the Japanese surrender in August, two months after the siege’s end.

Filled with extraordinary details, Shaw’s gripping account gives lasting testimony to the courage and bravery displayed by so many on the hills of Okinawa.

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Critical Praise

“A comprehensive and action-packed memoir of the Battle of Okinawa…This dual perspective gives the book a wide-angled view that’s unusual in a soldier’s battle memoir…a satisfying presentation of the bloodiest battle in the Pacific Theater of WWII.” - Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062907448
  • ISBN 10: 0062907441
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 03/03/2020
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:35.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Military / World War II
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

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