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Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Offers interviews with the last surviving veterans of the ground forces that struggled to contain the Japanese advances in the Pacific campaign during World War II.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Almost 70 years after the end of WWII, today's focus on the Pacific side of WWII is on the decision to drop the atom bomb. Lost amidst the discussions of war weariness, the desire to play with a new toy, racism, strategic concerns regarding Russia, etc. is an understanding of the experience of 3 years of ground combat in the Pacific.

As author Eric Bergerund vividly describes in his book Touched with Fire The Land War in the South Pacific, that experience was
Mark Merry
Outstanding account of the Australian / US war effort in the South Pacific. A surprisingly astute reading of the Australian military by a foreign author. The analysis resonates with the accounts I heard from family members who served in the AIF / RAAF during WWII
Not a chronology but rather a portrait of how the Americans and Australians (don't forget the Aussies!) fought in the war's worst theater.
a highly readable book that I put down. why?
was I weary of war?
was I weary of the writers style?
I am determined to renew the attack--but it will have to wait... when I weary of the Civil War (American)
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