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From Tom Connor,Army Veteran WWII, Pacific Sector
I have just finished reading the above book.
I was at Okinawa during the Battle, in the Field Artillery.Your coverage of the Okinawa civillians, before during and after the battle, is most thorough and orovides the reader with a complete picture of their plight.
Your description of the Japanese army during the battle gives me new information.
However, the indication in the content would suggest an almost entirely 6th Marine involvement, with very little action by the Army. Other authors also, in describing this battle, give most credit to the Marines at the expense of the army.
You do give some description of the inept 27th Army Division on Okiinawa.
The tremendous contributions of the Army's 7th, 77th and 96th Divisions are almost ignored.
At present and possibly in the future, generations will think that the very brave US Marines, with a tremendous death toll, alone captured Okinawa.
Thomas P. Connor