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The Resource Big guns, brave men : mobile artillery observers and the battle for Okinawa, Rodney Earl Walton

Big guns, brave men : mobile artillery observers and the battle for Okinawa, Rodney Earl Walton

Label
Big guns, brave men : mobile artillery observers and the battle for Okinawa
Title
Big guns, brave men
Title remainder
mobile artillery observers and the battle for Okinawa
Statement of responsibility
Rodney Earl Walton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Although it was the largest and final battle of the Pacific War, the Battle for Okinawa has long been overshadowed by other dramatic events in 1945. The books that have been written about it emphasize the role of infantrymen, armor, and U.S. Marines. This work takes a fresh perspective and focuses on the vital role played by the U.S. Army's forward artillery observers--the eyes and ears of American artillery who were among the least recognized heroes of the war. According to Rodney Earl Walton, U.S. artillerymen matched Japanese gunners in intensity and surpassed them in effectiveness because their forward observers were able to provide a much shorter response time to requests for artillery support. Divided into teams consisting of four or five men led by an artillery lieutenant, these observers would spend three days on the front lines directing artillery against enemy positions, return to their artillery battery for three days, and then rotate up to the line of battle again. While trying to maximize the damage inflicted on the enemy, the men had to deal with the ever-present possibility of firing on their own forces. The ability to shift artillery fire throughout the battlefield was a new development in World War II, and its evolution is fully examined in the book. Walton, the son of one of the forward observers on Okinawa, spent more than twenty years investigating what happened to his father and other artillerymen during the conflict. Interviews with the artillerymen and the infantrymen they supported are central to his story, which is filled with gripping and sometimes humorous accounts of what happened. The work stands as a stirring tribute from the 'baby boom generation' to the 'greatest generation.'"--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walton, Rodney Earl
Dewey number
940.54/252294
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D767.99.O45
LC item number
W35 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Artillerymen
Label
Big guns, brave men : mobile artillery observers and the battle for Okinawa, Rodney Earl Walton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Inventing the American mobile artillery observer -- Prelude to Okinawa -- Easter invasion -- Assault on Kakazu Ridge -- Daily life -- April battles -- Reducing the Shuri line -- The battle ends -- Special topics -- Aftermath
Control code
813910311
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 229 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of illustrations
Isbn
9781612511306
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012048194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)813910311
Label
Big guns, brave men : mobile artillery observers and the battle for Okinawa, Rodney Earl Walton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Inventing the American mobile artillery observer -- Prelude to Okinawa -- Easter invasion -- Assault on Kakazu Ridge -- Daily life -- April battles -- Reducing the Shuri line -- The battle ends -- Special topics -- Aftermath
Control code
813910311
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 229 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of illustrations
Isbn
9781612511306
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012048194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)813910311

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