By Sterling Mace, Nick Allen
A POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR through A MEMBER OF WWII’S FABLED 1ST MARINE department
Sterling Mace's unit was once the mythical “K-3-5” (for corporation okay, third Battalion, fifth Regiment of the first Marine department) and his tale takes readers via the most excessive motion of the Pacific warfare, from the seldom-seen viewpoint of a rifleman on the aspect of attack.
Battleground Pacific is full of indelible moments that commence together with his formative years starting to be up in Queens, long island, and his run-in with the legislation that at last ended in his enlistment. yet this can be eventually a strive against tale—as violent and harrowing as any that has come prior to. From struggling with during the fiery hell that was once Peleliu to the lethal battleground of Okinawa, Mace strains his direction from the phobia of wrestle to knowing that killing one other human comes simply as simply as staying alive. He learns that bravery usually equates to stupidity, resulting in the loss of life of shut buddies, but in addition that existence is going on, with demise on its heels.
Battleground Pacific is among the most vital and interesting memoirs concerning the Pacific theater in WWII.
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Extra resources for Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5
The British established the 250 Fighter Squadron near Alexandria, equipped with the new Curtiss Tomahawk. These aircraft were an improvement on the Hurricane. They were a bit faster, but more so they carried a heavier armament (see Appendix V covering aircraft used on both sides in Africa). As this aircraft was generally comparable to the Bf 109, the front clamored for delivery of the new Bf 109 F. When I/JG 27 celebrated their commander's birthday on the 4th of June, they presented him with a donkey by the name of Ivan.
A few minutes later Marseille stood in front of his new plane, which was presented to him by the two ground crewmen Meyer and Schulze. It wore a Yellow 14 on the side of its fuselage. Although no one could have guessed at the time, this would become one of the most famous aircraft in Africa. On the morning of April 23rd the first Bf 109s took off at 1000 hrs as escort for 20 Stukas with orders to strike Tobruk. 10 Bf 110s provided additional cover. Marseille had no luck this sortie. But shortly before midday they were ordered into the air again.
Within seconds tongues of flame were licking at the stricken aircraft and Marseille's Bf 109 rapidly shot past the doomed enemy plane. "Congratulations, Jochen", came Pöttgen's voice over the air-to-air intercom. Marseille set the Bf 109 into a steep turn and saw how the Hurricane spiralled uncontrollably earthward until it impacted and was consumed in a ball of flame. As Marseille pulled up again to engage his next opponent, four of these tough aircraft suddenly materialized on his tail. With a clear advantage in speed he was able to climb away and avoid the bullets sent in his direction.
Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5 by Sterling Mace, Nick Allen