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The Resource So sad to fall in battle : an account of war : based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi's letters from Iwo Jima, Kumiko Kakehashi

So sad to fall in battle : an account of war : based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi's letters from Iwo Jima, Kumiko Kakehashi

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So sad to fall in battle : an account of war : based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi's letters from Iwo Jima
Title
So sad to fall in battle
Title remainder
an account of war : based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi's letters from Iwo Jima
Statement of responsibility
Kumiko Kakehashi
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
  • The Battle of Iwo Jima has been memorialized innumerable times as the subject of countless books and motion pictures, most recently Clint Eastwood's films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and no wartime photo is more famous than Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning image of Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi. Yet most Americans know only one side of this pivotal and bloody battle. First published in Japan to great acclaim, becoming a bestseller and a prize-winner, So Sad to Fall in Battle shows us the struggle, through the eyes of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi, one of the most fascinating and least-known figures of World War II. As author Kumiko Kakehashi demonstrates, Kuribayashi was far from the stereotypical fanatic Japanese warrior. Unique among his country's officers, he refused to risk his men's lives in suicidal banzai attacks, instead creating a defensive, insurgent style of combat that eventually became the Japanese standard
  • On Iwo Jima, he eschewed the special treatment due to him as an officer, enduring the same difficult conditions as his men, and personally walked every inch of the island to plan the positions of thousands of underground bunkers and tunnels. The very flagpole used in the renowned photograph was a pipe from a complex water collection system the general himself engineered. Exclusive interviews with survivors reveal that as the tide turned against him, Kuribayashi displayed his true mettle: Though offered a safer post on another island, he chose to stay with his men, fighting alongside them in a final, fearless, and ultimately hopeless three-hour siege. After thirty-six cataclysmic days on Iwo Jima, Kurbiayashi's troops were responsible for the deaths of a third of all U.S. Marines killed during the entire four-year Pacific conflict, making him, in the end, America's most feared-and respected-foe. Ironically, it was Kuribayashi's own memories of his military training in America in the 1920s, and his admiration for this country's rich, gregarious, and self-reliant people, that made him fear ever facing them in combat-a feeling that some suspect prompted his superiors to send him to Iwo Jima, where he met his fate
  • Along with the words of his son and daughter, which offer unique insight into the private man, Kuribayashi's own letters cited extensively in this book paint a stirring portrait of the circumstances that shaped him. So Sad to Fall in Battle tells a fascinating, never-before-told story and introduces America, as if for the first time, to one of its most worthy adversaries
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Cataloging source
BKL
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1961-
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Kakehashi, Kumiko
Dewey number
940.54/26
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • facsimiles
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • D767.99.I9
  • DS885.5.K87
LC item number
  • K35 2007
  • K3513 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Kuribayashi, Tadamichi
  • Kuribayashi, Tadamichi
  • Japan
  • Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
  • Kuribayashi, Tadamichi
  • Japan
  • Iwo Jima, Battle of (Japan : 1945)
  • Armed Forces
  • Japan
Label
So sad to fall in battle : an account of war : based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi's letters from Iwo Jima, Kumiko Kakehashi
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of: Chiruzo kanashiki
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-211)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Leaving for the front -- 22km ǫf wilderness -- The strategy -- Resolve -- Family -- The American invasion -- The island where you walk on the dead -- The soldiers' letters -- The battle -- The end. -- Epilogue
Control code
ocm80186534
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Presidio Press hardcover ed.
Extent
211 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780891419037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
facsimiles, illustrations, map
Label
So sad to fall in battle : an account of war : based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi's letters from Iwo Jima, Kumiko Kakehashi
Publication
Note
Translation of: Chiruzo kanashiki
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-211)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Leaving for the front -- 22km ǫf wilderness -- The strategy -- Resolve -- Family -- The American invasion -- The island where you walk on the dead -- The soldiers' letters -- The battle -- The end. -- Epilogue
Control code
ocm80186534
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Presidio Press hardcover ed.
Extent
211 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780891419037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
facsimiles, illustrations, map

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