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Crucible of Hell by Saul David

Crucible of Hell: Okinawa

The Last Great Battle of the Second World War

Saul David

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780008342487

From award-winning historian Saul David, an action-packed and powerful new narrative of the Battle of Okinawa - the last great clash of the Second World War, and one that had profound consequences for the modern world.

4 stars out of 5
Gerard DeGroot
13 Mar 2020

"In the process, Japanese soldiers are rendered distressingly human"

Kamikaze pilots, given their ephemeral contribution, are seldom assigned personality in accounts of this war. David deftly does so, rendering their role all the more uncomfortable to contemplate. They gather together before a big mission and tell bawdy jokes, boasting of sexual experiences they don’t actually have. Bathos quickly shifts to pathos when they board their planes and mumble farewell to their mothers. One kamikaze pilot asks permission to marry his stepsister before his mission. She understands that she cannot refuse.