By Bill Sloan
This Band of Brothers for the Pacific is the gut-wrenching and eventually successful tale of the Marines' such a lot ferocious -- but principally forgotten -- conflict of global warfare II.
Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the 1st Marine department suffered greater than 6,500 casualties struggling with on a hellish little coral island within the Pacific. Peleliu used to be the surroundings for some of the most savage struggles of contemporary instances, a real killing flooring that has been all yet forgotten -- formerly. Drawing on interviews with Peleliu veterans, invoice Sloan's gripping narrative seamlessly weaves jointly the stories of the lads who have been there, generating a brilliant and unflinching tableau of the twenty-four-hour-a-day nightmare of Peleliu.
Emotionally relocating and gripping in its depictions of wrestle, Brotherhood of Heroes rescues the Corps's bloodiest conflict from obscurity and does honor to the Marines who fought it.
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Extra resources for Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944--The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War
Eisenhower accepted the sincerity of Patton's apologies and decided to take the matter no further. However, news of the incidents reached the press in the United States and Patton's actions were generally viewed in a harsh light by the public. He did not return to front-line action until shortly after the Normandy landings and with General Omar Bradley, his subordinate in Sicily, as his commander. 33 SPEARHEAD: 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION Above: Training for the invasion of Sicily - 18th Infantry Regiment at Port aux Paules near Oran, 5June 1943.
Closer to the beach, some 500 to 1,000 yards inland, lay three villages running from west to east, Vierville-sur-Mer, St laurent-sur-Mer and Colleville-sur-Mer. These were some 2,500 yards apart and were linked by a narrow coast road. The naturally strong defences of Omaha had been greatly enhanced by extensive fortifications, many of which had been built or improved by the Todt Organisation at the express order of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in the weeks before D-Day. At sea, they were designed to stop any invasion force from getting ashore by destroying or damaging its amphibious craft during the run in to the beach or so disorganise any surviving forces (and their timetable) as to make any co-ordinated assault impossible.
While this was taking place other of the division's units were able to push south over the Aure River to deepen the Allied lodgement. The 16th Infantry Regiment reached the vital east-west highway running from Bayeux to St Lo on the 10th. From this position the advance continued south, crossing the Drome River and pushing beyond the village of Balleroy toward Caumont, which fell to the 18th and 26th Infantry Regiments on 13 June. The capture of Caumont marked the end of the division's part in the first stage of the battle for Normandy.