AUTHORLeckie, Robert
TITLEOkinawa: The Last Battle of World War II
PUBLISHERPenguin Books
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1995
ISBN0-670-84716-X


In this 210-page description of the Battle of Okinawa, Leckie gives a military history without maps and details to facilitate his account. He begins by examining the decision to fight at Okinawa and discussing the island’s history and culture. He describes the origins of the kamikaze attacks that killed thousands of American seamen during the battle. His account of the fighting itself ignores the strategy and tactics of both sides to focus on the conditions and the experiences of individual soldiers. He describes the heroics of several Medal of Honor winners. He gives a sense of both the enormous role of logistics and the severity of the fighting. The book moves briskly and is ideal for someone seeking general information on the last major battle of World War II.


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