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By Francis B. Catanzaro

"[W]e begun our develop towards the Mokmer Airstrip.... the line climbed a ridge 15 or 20 ft excessive and we came upon ourselves on a flat coral plateau in moderation coated through small timber and scrub growth.... As we moved westward alongside the line, of our destroyers have been crusing abreast of the lead components of the advancing column. the 1st indication of hassle used to be the roar of heavy artillery shells crusing over our heads... aimed toward our destroyers.... presently after that our ahead flow stopped, and we heard heavy firing from the top of the column.... As we waited, we started to listen heavy fireplace from the rear.... We have been bring to a halt and surrounded!" within the huge, immense literature of the second one international struggle, there are unusually few bills of combating within the southwest Pacific, fewer nonetheless by way of universal soldiers. This memoir, written with an easy and direct honesty that's infrequent certainly, follows a foot soldier's occupation from simple education to mustering out. It takes the reader into the jungles and caves of recent Guinea and the Philippines through the lengthy crusade to win the struggle opposed to Japan. From easy education at Camp Roberts via strive against, career, and the lengthy trip domestic, Francis Catanzaro's account tells of the thrill, distress, cruelty, and terror of wrestle, and of the uneasy boredom of jungle camp existence. A member of the famed forty first Infantry Brigade, the "Jungleers," Catanzaro observed wrestle at Hollandia, Biak, Zamboanga, and Mindanao. He was once part of the japanese profession strength and writes with feeling approximately residing between his former enemies and of the choice to drop the atom bomb. With the forty first department within the Southwest Pacific is a strong, gritty, and relocating narrative of the lifetime of a soldier in the course of probably the most tough battling of international conflict II.

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Before the Americans knew it, they were drawn into a bloody, protracted fight that was little more than glorified butchery. Moreover, the Japanese used similar tactics on Peleliu and Biak, resisting the invasion at the waterline, but not to the point of expending their reserves in a vain effort to push the Americans into the sea. The Japa- Page xiii nese used the terrain to their advantage, forcing the Americans to blast them out of a dizzying network of caves and ridges. The enemy also avoided costly and foolish banzai charges.

1 When soldiers from the 41st Infantry Division invaded Hum- 1. Drey, MacArthur's ULTRA, p. 121. Page xi boldt Bay near Hollandia on April 22nd, they encountered almost no resistance, at least by the standards of the Pacific War. MacArthur's effective use of intelligence produced this happy result for the assault troops, who dealt mainly with scattered groups of frightened, demoralized Japanese rear area troops. The combat soldiers of Japan's 18th Army were, meanwhile, waiting far to the east at Wewak and Hansa Bay.

I don't remember much about the quality of food at camp, but I do know that I never left the mess hall feeling hungry. In a letter to my mother, I wrote, "My breakfast this morning included corn flakes, two eggs, fried potatoes, pork sausage, bread, butter, milk, and an orange. We usually have potatoes three times a day. " The arduous days made it imperative to stoke up at every opportunity. On most evenings, I walked to the PX (post exchange) after supper to buy a bedtime snack, a pint of ice cream and a bag of cookies, which I usually consumed while lounging on my bunk.

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