Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

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Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
StanleyMMarcus More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bozoJC More than 1 year ago
great history about how war is so terrible.
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JRMSC More than 1 year ago
I started with Robert Leckie's "Helmet for my Pillow", then followed "Challenge for the Pacific". All excellent books. "Strong Men Armed" is his best in my opinion. The detail is breath taking, moving and at times sickening. He pulls no punches with the descriptions of the action and the blunders made by the leaders. This one rocks ! It is 562 pages long. While the writing is excellent the transcription to the e-book format is lacking. Pages are missing only to pop up in a later chapter. The Japanese troops are trying to lug a "goo-pound field gun" up a mountain. It should read 900-pound gun. This is repeated several times. Still it is a book worth owning and reading. I give it a thumb up instead of two thumbs up because of the errors in the re-write.
Tommy Clifford II More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about WWII....this book just captures the audience and shows them into a growing story with great amounts of detail
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former Marine turned middle-aged lawyer, I appreciate the combination of first hand experience with his writing skills and historical knowledge. Mr. Leckie served as a Corporal in the USMC in the Pacific. After the war, he became a college history professor. He has not forgotten what it was like, but tells the story very well and puts it in context. It's like being there and yet viewing the full scope of the conflict at the same time--a remarkable perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was compeling and well written. I like how the author moves from grand strategy of generals to the fight for survival of the typical marine. The book is well balanced and very entertaining.