“War is hell” Civil War general William T. Sherman once said. Some more than others. Like the war against Japan in the Pacific during W.W. II. All this as the Americans fought fanatical resistance island hopping their way to Tokyo.
Ugly, brutal, dehumanized, suicidal, no holds barred, take no prisoners…… It’s all there in Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction novel The Final Storm. Why read about such true but ugly history? Fair question. Especially when it’s so much easier, more comfortable to turn our back on “real” reality, when our youth culture is obsessed with video game violence, sham “reality" TV and facile “saving democracy” generalizations about some of our more recent wars.
This book will take you into the eye of the storm in the spring of 1945, as the United States turns its vast military resources toward a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan – the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle features some of the most vicious combat of the entire Second World War, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender. Told through the voices of combatants on both sides, The Final Storm reminds us that the real reality of war is truly hell. That the sacrifice of those who confront suicidal fanaticism should never be forgotten. I highly recommend this book. And a short clip from my cousin Terry in Idaho showing one small ship defending the American Fleet surrounding Okinawa against Kamikaze attackers…. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4zkp7hvrgbcd7gd/D-qPNsG9ym#lh:null-Laffey%20Enhanced%20vo%203.wmv