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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Major General Fred Haynes Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, claiming a third of all marines killed in World War II. The relentless fighting on Iwo Jima lasted for 36 days, but most of us only know the iconic photo of five soldiers raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi. For Fred Haynes, a young captain in Combat Team 28, Surabachi was one marker in a ferocious blood-letting against an enemy of 22,000 warriors who were dug into caves and tunnels.

The stories told here for the first time will seem too cruel, too heartbreaking, even too fantastic to be believed. As one veteran remarked, Each day we learned a new way to die. By the time Haynes's unit had broken through the main Japanese resistance, 75 percent of the three assault battalions---the frontline fighters who charged enemy positions---were gone. Many of the exhausted survivors were shattered. In five weeks, Combat Team 28 had advanced 5,600 yards, closed 2,088 caves, and lost 5,885 lives.

The Lions of Iwo Jima helps answer the essential questions: who were these men, how were they trained, and what accounts for their extraordinary performance in battle?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 6/11/2013

    " Straight account of the experiences of the three assault battalions of Combat Team 28 as they landed on Iwo Jima and fought to the very end of the battle while sustaining a casualty rate of 70%. Highly detailed examination of the battle through the eyes of over 100 American and Japanese survivors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 7/14/2011

    " So, I don't normally like to read nonfiction war books, but I needed something from the Commandant's Reading List to put on my FitRep. I thought it was really good, maybe a little redundant and a bit anticlimactic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 10/23/2010

    " Straight account of the experiences of the three assault battalions of Combat Team 28 as they landed on Iwo Jima and fought to the very end of the battle while sustaining a casualty rate of 70%. Highly detailed examination of the battle through the eyes of over 100 American and Japanese survivors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 3/11/2010

    " So, I don't normally like to read nonfiction war books, but I needed something from the Commandant's Reading List to put on my FitRep. I thought it was really good, maybe a little redundant and a bit anticlimactic. "

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