By Sterling Mace, Nick Allen
A POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR through A MEMBER OF WWII’S FABLED 1ST MARINE department
Sterling Mace's unit was once the mythical “K-3-5” (for corporation okay, third Battalion, fifth Regiment of the first Marine department) and his tale takes readers via probably the most severe motion of the Pacific battle, from the seldom-seen point of view of a rifleman on the element of attack.
Battleground Pacific is full of indelible moments that start together with his formative years starting to be up in Queens, manhattan, and his run-in with the legislations that finally ended in his enlistment. yet this is often finally a strive against tale—as violent and harrowing as any that has come sooner than. From scuffling with during the fiery hell that was once Peleliu to the lethal battleground of Okinawa, Mace lines his course from the phobia of strive against to knowing that killing one other human comes simply as simply as staying alive. He learns that bravery frequently equates to stupidity, resulting in the demise of shut associates, but in addition that lifestyles is going on, with demise on its heels.
Battleground Pacific is without doubt one of the most crucial and interesting memoirs in regards to the Pacific theater in WWII.
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Additional resources for Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5
By now, the Wehrmacht was alerted to the threat, and Gen Corlett expected the defenses to be fully prepared, unlike the situation in September. As a result, an effort was made to breach the Scharnhorst Line more methodically. In preparation, the XIX Corps artillery set about trying to eliminate as many bunkers as possible. It was evident from captured bunkers that the divisional 105mm and 155mm howitzers were not powerful enough to penetrate them. Fortunately, the US Army-ETa earlier in 1944 had anticipated the need for special weapons to deal with the Siegfried Line and had requested the dispatch of about seventy-five M12 155mm gun motor carriages to France.
In reality, German resources were stretched thin, and the reinforcements from the Seventh Army were the usual mishmash: NCO training school battalions from Duren and Julich, a single battalion from the 275th Division, a fortress machine-gun battalion, and elements of an artillery brigade. Kochling himself was able to rearrange his corps in order to squeeze out a few more battalions for a counterattack. The October 5 counterattack was delayed by the usual problems of moving the troops into place, and many of the reinforcements were committed piecemeal to resist the renewed US attacks.
The initial advance by the 30th Division on October 8 went smoothly, but in mid morning the lead elements of 117th Infantry were struck on their eastern flank by elements of Mobile Regiment von Fritzchen from Mariadorf. This was only a part of the German attack, the other force attacking Alsdorf directly. The attack on Alsdorf found the town occupied by headquarters elements of the 117th Infantry, who set up a hasty defense. They were soon supported by some tanks of the 743rd Tank Battalion, which knocked out the four Panzers supporting the German infantry and helped to break the back of the attack.
Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in K/3/5 by Sterling Mace, Nick Allen