BattleFire!: Combat Stories from World War II / Edition 1

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" Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941: High on the bridge of the USS West Virginia Sfc. Lee Ebner was looking forward to the end of his watch and a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast. But the two low-flying planes painted with rising sun insignia and bearing down on the ship had other plans for him and his fellow seamen. Ten hours later, at Clark Field in the Philippines, Pfc. Jack Reed felt the brunt of another Japanese air attack and within weeks found himself a part of the gruesome Bataan Death March that was to claim the lives of hundred of his comrades. On another continent, four years into the war, Capt. Benjamin Butler led his exhausted company up a steep, fog-shrouded Italian mountain toward a well entrenched German defensive position. The odds against their survival were appalling, though worse was to come in the months ahead. Such were the experiences of many young men-plucked from their local communities all across America, trained for war, and hurled into the strange reality of combat thousands of miles form home. In this stunning collection of World War II oral histories, Arthur Kelly recreates the experiences of twelve young men from Kentucky who survived the seemingly unsurvivable, whether in combat or as prisoners of war.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I salute all of these Kentucky heroes, as well as Kelly, who reminds us of what these old soldiers cannot forget." -- Bob Edwards, Lexington Herald Leader

"They were there all right -- and you're right there with them!" -- C. Brian Kelly, World War II Magazine

"A remarkably gripping work. To this reviewer, who served as a combat infantry officer in the war, the accounts ring extraordinarily true." -- Charles P. Roland

"From Pearl Harbor to Leyte Gulf and Okinawa to Iwo Jima, the stories are presented as the individual soldiers, sailors, and marines lived them." -- Gun Week

"This excellent book continues the current trend of exploring the individual soldier's experiences in World War II." -- Military Review

"These are all well written stories of men at their best in the worst of all possible times, brave Americans well worthy of their citizenship, state, and community." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Anyone wanting to read of combat and courage can find it aplenty in this excellent book." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"You can experience the shocking events of Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March, Bastogne, Kamikase hits, and POW life." -- Springfield Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190105
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Pearl Harbor, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa 4
2 The Bataan Death March and Camp Cabanatuan 15
3 Kamikaze Attacks in the Pacific 36
4 Monte Pantano, Monte Cassino, and Beyond 52
5 The Air War over Germany, and Stalag 17 88
6 Normandy, Holland, Bastogne, and Stalag 4B 107
7 New Guinea and the Philippines 123
8 Normandy and Lorraine 138
9 Depth-Charge Attacks in the Pacific 160
10 Bastogne and Germany 165
11 Iwo Jima 184
Epilogue 213
Sources 216
Index 219
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