The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry

The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry

by Peter Stevens
     
 

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The Twilight Riders is the first book to chronicle the full drama of the 26th Cavalry's magnificent but doomed mounted campaign against some of the finest troops, air power, and tanks of the Japanese Army—a long-neglected episode of World War II that marked the end of the grand tradition of the U.S. horseback cavalry. It was shortly after Pearl Harbor, and the

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The Twilight Riders is the first book to chronicle the full drama of the 26th Cavalry's magnificent but doomed mounted campaign against some of the finest troops, air power, and tanks of the Japanese Army—a long-neglected episode of World War II that marked the end of the grand tradition of the U.S. horseback cavalry. It was shortly after Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines was underway. Among the Philippines' defenders was a group of Filipino noncommissioned officers and enlisted men, led by white American officers. They were from a different era—trained to fight on horseback as had the Cavalry in the Civil War. They battled fiercely against their Japanese foes but, in the end, were forced to slaughter their mounts and to finish the hopeless fight on foot. Through extensive research based in part on in-depth interviews with 26th Cavalry veterans, author Peter F. Stevens brings this band of brothers and their beloved horses to life as they rode, fought, and bled together in the desperate, doomed struggle to stem the Imperial Japanese Army.

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AMERICA IN WWII
Few American officers stationed in the Philippines just prior to the outbreak of World War II believed that in the event of a Japanese invasion the cavalry – in the old-fashioned sense of the word - would arrive to save the day. The 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts was an outfit with American officers but with the ranks filled by Filipinos. The unit was considered elite, with high standards of training and discipline that served it well during combat. The title of the book refers to the January 1942 mounted charge of Troop E-F of the 26th against Japanese forces in the strategically important village of Morong on the island of Luzon. Their charge broke the Japanese attack and forced the invaders from the village. While dramatic beyond Hollywood’s wildest war movie dreams, this was only one small action undertaken by the scouts while fighting the Japanese. The Twilight Riders is an edge-of-your-seat read that flows well, moving from action to action without losing the reader. The writing charges along, describing the 26th’s valiant but doomed efforts to stem the Japanese tide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762764853
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,008,438
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

The news and features editor of The Boston Irish Reporter, Peter F. Stevens is the award-winning author of The Voyage of the Catalpa - A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom (Carroll & Graf, hardcover 2002, paperback 2003; Orion Books, UK, 2003). Catalpa has been optioned by Octagon Films’ James Flynn and Morgan O’Sullivan for a feature movie; their many credits include Braveheart, the Elizabeth movies starring Cate Blanchett, and the hit Showtime series The Tudors. For the Irish Reporter, he has covered both "The Troubles" and the Good Friday Peace Process, traveling on assignment frequently to Northern Ireland, London, and the Republic of Ireland. Among his interviewees are the IRA's and Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, Martin Ferris, and Martin McGuinness; former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland John Reid and present Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Paul Murphy; former Irish President Mary Robinson; Nobel Peace Prize-winners John Hume (Social Democratic Labor Party) and David Trimble (Ulster Unionist Party); and late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, and Congressman Peter King (NY).A veteran journalist, freelance writer, and historian, Stevens is a regular contributor to a wide array of magazines, his specialties featuring overlooked history. A short sampling comprises such publications as American Heritage, American History, Early American Life, Yankee, America's Civil War, Military History, British Heritage, The World of Hibernia, Irish America, True West, Honolulu, Texas Highways, The Iowan, Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley, Maryland, Down East, Vermont Life, Virginia, Cavalcade, Charleston, Jacksonville, and Golf. Additionally, The New York Times has syndicated Stevens's articles to newspapers nationwide, and he regularly contributes to dozens of major newspapers both national and international. He is a two-time winner of the International Regional Magazine Association's Gold Medal for Feature Writing and has just been nominated for Best Historical Columnist by NEPA (New England Press Association). Stevens is currently working with noted producer Mark Day on the documentary Catalpa. Author Thomas Keneally - The Great Shame and Schindler's List - is the project's narrator.

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