The GI War Against Japan: American Soldiers in Asia and the by Peter Schrijvers

By Peter Schrijvers

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Even in the course of international struggle II, american citizens couldn't support deliberating the lands around the Pacific as a continuation of the yank Western frontier. yet this conception in basic terms heightened American soldiers' frustration because the adverse zone ferociously resisted their makes an attempt at control.

The GI warfare opposed to Japan recounts the harrowing stories of yank squaddies in Asia and the Pacific. in response to numerous diaries and letters, it sweeps around the battlefields, from the early determined stand at Guadalcanal to the tragic sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at war's very finish. From the daunting areas of the China-India theater to the citadel islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Schrijvers brings to lifestyles the GIs’ fight with suffocating desert, devastating ailments, and jap infantrymen who most well liked demise over lifestyles. Amidst the disappointment and melancholy of this warfare, American infantrymen deserted themselves to an escalating rage that presaged Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The GI’s tale is, at the beginning, the tale of America's resounding victory over Japan. while, in spite of the fact that, the reader will realize within the terribly excessive cost paid for this victory chilling forebodings of the West’s final defeat in Asia’and America’s in Vietnam.

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Of all these sources, American soldiers identified novels and movies as by far the most important. They had shaped the Pacific Basin, particularly Hawaii and the South Pacific – or ‘South Seas’ – into the ultimate terrestrial paradise. So much so, that GIs were using ‘South Seas’ as a generic name for all of the Pacific, as if this paradise stretched endlessly from pole to pole. Military pocket guides tried to warn the soldiers. ” The warnings fell on deaf ears. After all, how could a terse service manual in a few minutes undo the paradise conjured up by a weighty literary tradition of centuries?

62 Whereas GIs habitually paid natives trifles for their services, they were fully aware that the lands these people lived on might one day offer Americans tremendous natural riches. Like their forefathers on the North American continent, GIs in Asia and the Pacific were continually tantalized by the valuable resources that seemed to be there for the taking. As Richard Slotkin has shown, the mystique of the American frontier sprang not only from its boundless “virgin land,” but from lodes of seemingly inexhaustible raw materials.

The military also increasingly relied on aerial photography. Yet, despite rapid progress, many technical limitations remained. 37 At wit’s end, the military more than once turned to anyone who might possess even minimal knowledge of the terrain in which they were about 14 The GI War against Japan to risk troops: colonial officials, naval officers, missionaries, travelers, traders – even schooner skippers. In 1942, for instance, scores of former Solomon residents were interviewed in New Zealand and Australia in preparation for the invasion of Guadalcanal.

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