Seven Stars: The Okinawa Battle Diaries of Simon Bolivar by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes

By Nicholas Evan Sarantakes

Battle diaries are crucial for realizing what generals are pondering as they paintings their means during the fog of conflict. Nicholas Sarantakes juxtaposes the diaries of 2 very assorted generals who either fought at Okinawa: Lt. Gen. Buckner, a by–the–numbers guy who favourite using artillery and tanks to lessen entrenched positions, and Gen. Stilwell, a prickly outsider who most popular maneuver to set–piece battles. Sarantakes identifies contributors, contains causes of significant occasions alluded to by way of the generals and offers glossaries of major characters and army phrases. the result's a checklist of ways Buckner and Stilwell got here to grips with the issues of command on a war-torn island on the finish of a protracted logistical tether.

With the heritage info supplied by means of Sarantakes, the diaries of those males turn into obtainable to the reader. Buckner is the extra constrained, a southern gentleman whose occupation was once usual and whose diary entries are interspersed with letters to his spouse. He shuttles among ahead command posts and shipboard meetings, noting how a lot rain has fallen, what number enemy were killed, and the way many plane were shot down.

Stilwell is a self-styled outsider, a super warrior with the social graces of a porcupine. He dislikes Buckner and has little endurance for his irreverent humor. Stilwell writes, “Buckner is tiresome. i attempted to inform him what I had obvious, yet he knew all of it. retains repeating his wise-cracks. ‘The Lord acknowledged allow there be mud,’ and so forth. etc.” ( June five, 1944). Stilwell’s entries are peppered with frank and infrequently acrid observations approximately every little thing and everyone. He dismisses the British as “hoggish, thoughtless” Limeys and atomic scientists as “temperamental bugs.”

The conflict for Okinawa was once a pivotal occasion in global battle II and has the excellence of being the only bloodiest clash within the heritage of the U.S. military. The diaries of those males supply a brand new viewpoint from which to judge the occasions. This publication is an interesting exploration of the artwork of top troops in conflict and should curiosity students and scholars of the Pacific War.

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