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Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944--The by Bill Sloan

By Bill Sloan

This Band of Brothers for the Pacific is the gut-wrenching and finally effective tale of the Marines' such a lot ferocious -- but principally forgotten -- conflict of worldwide conflict II.

Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the 1st Marine department suffered greater than 6,500 casualties scuffling with on a hellish little coral island within the Pacific. Peleliu used to be the environment for essentially the most savage struggles of recent instances, a real killing floor that has been all yet forgotten -- beforehand. Drawing on interviews with Peleliu veterans, invoice Sloan's gripping narrative seamlessly weaves jointly the studies of the boys who have been there, generating a shiny 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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Workers would march to the construction site, but if that was some distance from their barracks they often did little more than rest and then march back to their quarters. If the construction site was closer then some work was completed, but it was far from satisfactory. 195). Grigorenko’s experience was typical of many engineer officers, but as a junior officer he escaped the worst excesses of Stalin’s purges. The Inspector, later Chief of Engineers, General Nikolai Petin was not so lucky, and was killed in 1937 in spite of the fact that he was awarded the Order of Lenin in recognition of the sterling work he had completed on the defences.

But even such desperate measures failed to meet the requirement and it proved necessary to hire civil labourers. Local peasants were also used, often to transport building materials. Indeed those living in or near a fortified region were obliged to work a certain number of hours on the defences. The army conscripts who were sent to the construction units would spend three months at a building site before being relieved. This cycle continued for nine months from the spring through to the autumn, when work was suspended because of the severe winter weather.

To the south of 1st Panzer Army, Stülpnagel’s 17th Army continued its drive south-east. By the middle of July 1941, one of its units, 101st Jäger Division, had reached the Stalin Line, and on 15 July 228th Regiment attacked and captured four bunkers. With the bunkers cleared the regiment crossed the River Ljadowa to secure a bridgehead. During 16 July 101st Jäger Division continued to fight its way through the defences, but it was a slow and dangerous job. Often the defenders would vacate their bunkers and take up perfectly camouflaged field positions to assail the enemy attackers.

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