The twilight warriors: [the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it]

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The Twilight Warriors , winner of the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, is the engrossing, page-turning saga of a tightly knit band of naval aviators who are thrust into the final--and most brutal--battle of the Pacific war: Okinawa. April 1945. The end of World War II finally appears to be nearing. The Third Reich is collapsing in Europe, and the Americans are overpowering the once-mighty Japanese Empire in the Pacific. For a group of young pilots trained in the twilight of the war, the greatest worry is that it will end before they have a chance to face the enemy. They call themselves Tail End Charlies. They fly at the tail end of formations, stand at the tail end of chow lines, and now they are catching the tail end of the war. What they don't know is that they will be key players in the bloodiest and most difficult of naval battles--not only of World War II but in all of American history. The Twilight Warriors relives the drama of the world's last great naval campaign. From the cockpit of a Corsair fighter we gaze down at the Japanese task force racing to destroy the American amphibious force at Okinawa. Through the eyes of the men on the destroyers assigned to picket ship duty, we experience the terror as wave after wave of kamikazes crash into their ships. Standing on the deck of the legendary superbattleship Yamato, we watch Japan's last hope for victory die in a tableau of gunfire and explosions. Among the Tail End Charlies are men such as a twenty-two-year-old former art student who grows to manhood on the day of his first mission over Japan and his best friend, a ladies' man and intrepid fighter pilot whose life abruptly changes when his Corsair goes down off the enemy shore. Another is a young Texan lieutenant who volunteers for the most dangerous flying job in the fleet--intercepting kamikazes at night over the blackened Pacific. Their leader is a charismatic officer who rises to greatness in the crucible of Okinawa. Directing the vast armada of sea, air, and land forces is a cast of brilliant and flawed commanders--from the imperturbable admiral and master of carrier warfare to the controversial soldier assigned to command the land forces. The fate of the Americans at Okinawa is intertwined with the lives of the "young gods"-- the honor-bound Japanese airmen who swarm like killer bees toward the U.S. ships. The kamikazes are dispatched on their deadly one-way missions by a classic samurai warrior who vows that he will follow them to a warrior's grave. The ferocity of the Okinawa fighting stuns the world. Before it ends, the long battle will cost more American lives, ships, and aircraft than any naval engagement in U.S. history. More than simply the account of a historic battle, The Twilight Warriors brings to life the human side of an epic conflict. It is the story of young Americans at war in the air and on the sea--and of their enigmatic, fanatically courageous enemy. From the Hardcover edition.
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display_description April 1945. The end of World War II finally appears to be nearing. The Nazis are collapsing in Europe, and the Americans are vastly overpowering the Japanese in the Pacific. For a group of pilots in their early twenties who were trained during the twilight of the war, the biggest concern is that they'll never actually see real action and will go home without having a chance to face the enemy. They call themselves Tail-End Charlies. They fly at the tail end of formations, stand at the tail end of chow lines, and now they are prepared for battle at the tail end of the war. Little do they know that they will be key players in the most difficult and bloodiest of naval battles-not only of World War II but in all of American history: the campaign to take the Japanese island of Okinawa to serve as a basis for an eventual invasion of Japan. Derived from interviews with and newly discovered memoirs, journals, and correspondence of Okinawa veterans from both the American and Japanese sides, The Twilight Warriors provides a thrilling you-are-there narrative. Like the HBO series The Pacific, this book combines thrilling action with human stories of courage and sacrifice and triumph. It's Band of Brothers at sea and in the sky.
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table_of_contents Chronology -- Prologue -- pt. 1. The way of the warrior -- The next island -- Tail end Charlies -- You are already gods -- Tiny Tim -- Your favorite enemy -- First blooding -- The mood in Boys' Town -- Shoot the son of a bitch -- We will save the ship -- Thunder gods -- Three seconds to die -- And where is the Navy? -- Gimlet eyes and the alligator -- pt. 2. Storming the great Loochoo -- Love day -- Bourbon and puddle water -- Ten-go -- Divine wind -- Race for glory -- First wave -- Ducks in a gallery -- There she blows -- Dumbo and Mighty Mouse -- pt. 3. Floating chrysanthemums -- A ridge called Kakazu -- Thunder gods -- Gunslingers -- Black Friday -- Keep moving and keep shooting -- As long as a gun will fire -- Glory day -- Target Intrepid -- Call me Ernie -- Counteroffensive -- Bottom of the barrel -- Gone with the spring -- Change of command -- Ritual of death -- Setting sun -- Honored dead -- U.S. order of battle -- Japanese order of battle -- Glossary.
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title The twilight warriors : [the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it]
title_display The twilight warriors : the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it
title_full The twilight warriors : the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it / Robert Gandt, The twilight warriors: [the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it] [electronic resource] / Robert Gandt
title_short The twilight warriors :
title_sort twilight warriors the deadliest naval battle of world war ii and the men who fought it
title_sub [the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it]
topic United States. Navy Biography, United States. Navy History World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Japan Okinawa Island, World War, 1939-1945 Naval operations, American
topic_facet Campaigns, History, Naval operations, American, World War, 1939-1945