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The Assault
Allen R. Matthews
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The Assault

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published by Dodd Mead (first published April 1947)
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Jul 14, 2016 Philip S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best first-person accounts of experiencing combat that I've read, and I've read many.

Matthews was a marine grunt in the 4th Marine Division, fifth wave, blue 1 beach, Iwo Jima as his entre to combat. He lasted 12 days, the only survivor of his squad, until he was ordered off the island to recover from his fatigue and wounds. He wrote the book while hospitalized in Guam. The book is rich in the full detail that only a former trained newspaper correspondent could write, being a
May 28, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I liked the book. Going into it all I knew was that it was a first hand account of the battle for Iwo Jima as told by a 4th Marine Division grunt. It was an enjoyable and informative read but seemed to end too early...overall a good way to end my 4 book pacific theater run.
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