The Twilight Warriors

The Twilight Warriors

by Robert Gandt
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The Twilight Warriors 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Gandt is not an historian. He is a story teller who repeats without question myths, and half truths. It is a disserve to those who served in the Pacific war that this book was chosen by two history book clubs which will further enhance these myths. I served on Okinawa in 1945, but a soldier has little notion of what is happening around him. Later I studied the history of the war by serious writers . Gandt's offering, uncritically, the idea that two newpaper reporters were more expert on strategy than the commander on the ground, the Army's LtGen Buckner , is ludicrous. The suggestion that Holland Smith replace Buckner is even more ludicrous, and could never have happened. At Saipan Smith embarrased ADM Nimitiz and hampered the war with his intemperate actions. Out of twenty Army divisions in the Pacific, half served under Nimitz at different times in the war. He needed the soldiers and wanted good relations with the Army. Gen Marshall swore that he would never permit Smith to command Army troops again, so Gandt's mentioning this possiibility which is believed by many, could never happen. There were four battle hardened Army divisions and two Marine divisions, all veterans of Pacific battles, and all in constant combat on Okinawa. Later near the end, a Marine regiment was added. After Saipan, Smith was taken out of any combat role and kicked upstairs to command the Fleet Marine Force, whose purpose was administrative and training and located at Pearl Harbor. Smith was bitter about this assignment but he was lucky since he came close to leaving the theater. Adm King saved him. Nimitz promised to give Smith a combat job in the future which he did at Iwo Jima, only his position was such that he could do little damage. Okinawa was a bittle campaign since it was fought on the doorstep of Japan. To not understand the tenacity of the enemy and the nature of the rain soaked terrain is not to understand General Buckner's task. The attempt at a second landing as suggested by these reporters and seemingly put forth as a good possibility by Gandt would have been a fiasco. Nimitiz and Buckner would have been blamed for its failure. Gandt hints that Nimitz,s backing of Buckner was not real, despite the unusual press conference the Admiral called. One other point, Gandt stated that Adm Spruance was the victor at Midway. Another myth. Read "Blackshoe Carrier Admiral" the story of VAdm Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal, by Lundstrom.
sartech More than 1 year ago
The Twilight Warriors is a very entertaining book covering the Navy airmen known as 'Tail End Charlies' that fought some of the bloodiest battles in the waning months of WWII. Although Gandt's writing style is a bit predictable and unpolished, he does an excellent job in capturing the reader's attention and holding it throughout the book. The reader quickly identifies with the characters and feels they are riding right along with them. This is a very enjoyable book and hard to put down.
JakeJE More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in military history from the perspective of the men on the line this is a well worth reading. Lots of detail and insights without sacrificing the pace of the read.
Pennyskin More than 1 year ago
Twilight Warriors may be non-fiction, but there are no boring facts here. This account of the waning days of World War II in the Pacific is a compelling story. Robert Gandt's easy writing style, along with his personal experiences as a Navy pilot conveys a real world perspective. This comprehensive work told from both the Japanese and American perspective, brings it all together through the lives of USS Intrepid aviators.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A rare and comprehensive study of two clashing cultures, pitting technology, ideologies and internal service rivalries in a fight to the finish. The author weaves a compelling human drama as he introduces the combatants, commanders and common fighting men from both sides of the horror and carnage that was the final theatre of the South Pacific. The author transports us into the desperatly quickening pace of sea battles and combat air sorties that ground down the human and military resources of the last warriors in World War II. Well researched and evenly reported, providing a glimpse of the human toll from both victor and vanquished.
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