Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

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Strong Men Armed relates the U.S. Marines' unprecedented, relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinction - and did. (All but three of the Marines' victories required the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force.) As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at ...
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Strong Men Armed relates the U.S. Marines' unprecedented, relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinction - and did. (All but three of the Marines' victories required the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force.) As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at Peleliu. Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to recreate the nightmarish battles, including Bougainville, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. The result is both an exciting chronicle and a moving tribute to the thousands of men who died in reeking jungles and on palm-studded beaches, thousands of miles from home and fifty years before their time, of whom Admiral Chester W. Nimitz once said, "Uncommon valor was a common virtue."
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"This is a carefully researched history of the Marines from Guadalcanal to Okinawa," said LJ's reviewer of this title, which incorporates information from both American and Japanese sources. Offering the points of view of enlisted men and officers alike for a balanced look at the battles, the text is bolstered with numerous photos and maps. For public and academic military collections. (LJ 10/15/62)
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"Raw, heartbreaking, and superb." —-Christian Science Monitor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400118762
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Leckie (1920–2001) served in the 1st Marine Division during World War II and authored more than forty books on American war history, including The Wars of America: From 1600 to 1900.

Johnny Heller has narrated some five hundred books and garnered a bunch of swell awards and accolades, including Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, Audie Awards and nominations, AudioFile Earphones Awards, and selection as one of AudioFile magazine's Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Marine battles from Guadalcanal to Okinawa

    Having lost a family member in the Pacific Campaign during WW2 my interest in the war is more than academic. There is an invisible chord that connects me to such writers as Mr. Leckie who somehow has the magic ability through words to span the years since then and allows me to emotionally connect with my uncle who died so many years ago. The fact that Mr. Leckie lived through those terrible ordeals and also had the talent to convey the essence of those days moved me immensely.
    His writing about war is quick, lucid, descriptive, sensitive (but sometimes candid when speaking of mortal wounds), and thoroughly engaging. One has a difficult time putting the book down to get some sleep at the end of the day.
    But not wanting to sleep further draws one into the situation, experiencing to a small degree the sleep deprivation the Marines suffered and still being required to fight for their lives.
    Descriptions of the close fighting, the tactics, the geography, the climate, all come together to fill one's heart with thanks that such men (many of whom were actually boys) could muster the courage to do their duty and ultimately triumph over huge adversity.
    One also has a chance to look into the mind of the Japanese soldiers and puzzle at the decisions they made both as a unit and individually. Rather than fight to the death they chose suicide. One interesting event the author relates to the reader is when a Japanese soldier was captured and asked why he didn't commit suicide (hara-kiri). He said his commander said to fight to the last man. As he was the last man, he surrendered, feeling he did his duty as instructed.
    This book is a gem and could only have been written by one with great skill plus the luck to have survived the carnage of the battles. One ends the book with a heartache that so many people had to fight and die. And yet, one can be proud of the deep courage and tenacity of the Marines as the slowly moved from one island to another wondering if this would be their last battle. The book truly contrasted our society with the Japanese of those days through the type of soldiers put upon the battlefield.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Excellent Read

    This book is beautifully written. Bob Leckie manages to combine the strategic overview of the war with firsthand hand accounts of Marines in combat. By far the best book about history I've read.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    very exciting reading

    great history about how war is so terrible.

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