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By David Fraser

First released in 1983 and written by means of a pre-eminent historian of the British military, this can be the definitive historical past of the British military within the moment global conflict: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories, throughout all theatres of operations from the outbreak of battle with Germany in 1939 to the ultimate defeat of Japan in 1945.

Here the reader will locate grand process on the maximum point, but additionally the truth of command within the box and the adventure of strive against for the infantry, gunners and the tankers because the British military fought its approach in the course of the struggle. yet specifically it is a complete, authoritative and vividly written account of the British military within the moment international struggle because it got here to grips with, and in any case triumphed over, its enemies within the field.

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Nonbattle casualties were even heavier. From 9 January through 30 June 1945, the Sixth Army on Luzon suffered over 93,400 noncombat casualties, including 260 deaths, most of them from disease. Only a few campaigns had a higher casualty rate. For the first time during the Pacific war, American troops were deployed in field army strength, making for a sometimes unwieldy command structure. S. theater commanders had generally employed one or two divisions at a time to seize small islands or small portions of coastline.

Casualties on both sides were staggering. Except for those forces surrendering at the end of the war, the Japanese lost virtually all of the 230,000 military personnel on Luzon, in addition to some 70,000 casualties from the previous battle on Leyte Island. By the summer of 1945, the Americans had thus destroyed nine of Japan’s best divisions and made another six combat-ineffective. Losses stemming from the battle so drastically reduced Japanese air power that the use of kamikaze operations was necessary throughout the rest of the war.

S. divisions had had previous experience in fighting the Japanese, particularly on Leyte only a few months before. In fact, except for the urban fighting in Manila, American units were in the enviable position of applying past lessons to the battlefield. The 30 Americans also had the advantage of superior weapons, equipment, and supplies and by January, control of both the local seas and air. Finally, the flat open plains of central Luzon were conducive to the Americans’ advantage in maneuverability and firepower.

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