Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II

In 2010, having become disillusioned with the U. S. On may 29, 2015, evans knelt beside a History Flight archaeologist as she uncovered the long-lost, well-preserved remains of of his grandfather. The brutal, 100 marines and 5, bloody 76-hour battle would ultimately claim the lives of more than 1, 000 Japanese forces.

. Service personnel. Even as the organization begins to unearth the physical past on a remote Pacific island, Evans begins his own quest to unearth the reclaim the true history of his grandfather, a charismatic, complicated hero whose life had been whitewashed, sanitized and diminished over the decades. War, reclamation, and what tim O'Brien called "the Lives of the Dead" are eternal literary themes for men.

Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. And more than seventy years after giving his life for his country, a World War II hero finally came home. In bones of my grandfather, evans tells the remarkable story of History Flight's mission to recover hundreds of Marines long lost to history in the sands of Tarawa. Was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on a critical Japanese fortification on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor.

Clay bonnyman evans has honored that lineage with this masterful melding of military history and personal quest. Ron powers, along with no one cares about crazy people and othersIn November 1943, co-author of New York Times #1 bestsellers Flags of Our Fathers and True Compass, Marine 1st Lt. But bonnyman's remains, along with those of hundreds of other Marines, were hastily buried and lost to history following the battle, and it would take an extraordinary effort by a determined group of dedicated civilians to find him.

We Were Going to Win, Or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series Book 10

Fred H. On d-day at tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1, 000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped. At saipan, elrod commanded a platoon of 75 mm halftracks, but he was riddled with shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell that took him out of the war.

Allison interviewed elrod, drew upon wartime letters home, and provided annotations to the narrative of this young Marine infantry officer, a job that had an extremely low survival potential. A few years later his unit, went into the fight at Guadalcanal, the 8th Marine Regiment, where he commanded a platoon of 37 mm gunners.

In 1940, native West Texan Roy H. They endured Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather, and starvation rations. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. His was the only platoon to get its guns ashore and into action that first day. His combat leadership earned him a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion.

Landing in Hell: The Pyrrhic Victory of the First Marine Division on Peleliu, 1944

It includes a comprehensive account of the presidential summit that determined the operation, a new enemy strategy, details of how new weapons were deployed, and command failure in what became the most controversial amphibious operation in the Pacific during WWII. A detailed history and analysis of the most controversial amphibious operation in the Pacific during WWII: the Battle for Peleliu.

The entire division would be out of action for six months after sustaining the highest unit losses in Marine Corps history. This book analyzes the many things that went wrong in the Battle for Peleliu, and in doing so, corrects several earlier accounts of the campaign. Boasting a large airfield from which the Americans could mount bomber campaigns, Peleliu was a strategically essential part of Gen.

On september 15, the united states invaded the tiny Pacific island of Peleliu, 1944, located at the southern end of the Palau Islands. With the famed 1st marine division making the amphibious assault, Pacific High Command was confident that victory would be theirs in just a few days. A mere week after landing, having sustained terrific losses in fierce combat, the 1st Marine Regiment was withdrawn.

They were drastically wrong. Macarthur’s long-awaited liberation of the Philippines.

Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation

Whether for the north or the South, they fought for their ideals in America’s greatest conflict. This unique history chronicles the lives of nine Polish American immigrants who fought in the Civil War. Spanning three generations, they are connected by the White Eagle—the Polish coat of arms—and by a shared history in which their home country fell to ruin at the end of the previous century.

. Still, each carried a belief in freedom that they inherited from their forefathers. The first group had fought in the 1830 war for freedom from the Russian Empire. The european revolutionary struggles of the 1840s molded the next generation. The two youngest came of age just as the Civil War began, entering military service as enlisted men and finishing as officers.

Of the group, four sided with the North and four with the South, and the ninth began in the Confederate cavalry and finished fighting for the Union side. Nominated for the Gilder Lehrman Prize. More highly trained in warfare than their American brethren—and more inured to struggles for nationhood—the Poles made significant contributions to the armies they served.

The untold stories of nine Polish Americans who bravely fought in the Civil War—includes photographs, maps, and illustrations.

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest-The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

But within the ranks of the 101st, one unit attained truly legendary status. From d-day until the end of the war, the squad’s heart and soul—and its toughest member—was a half Native American soldier named Jake McNiece. The filthy thirteen offers a vivid group portrait of hardscrabble guys whom any respectable person would be loath to meet in a dark alley: a brawling bunch whose saving grace was that they inflicted more damage on the Germans than on MPs, the English countryside, and their own officers.

Known as the filthy thirteen, they were the real-life inspiration for The Dirty Dozen. Since world war ii, the american public has learned of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. The true story of the 101st airborne division’s most notorious squad of combat paratroopers—the inspiration for the classic WWII film, The Dirty Dozen.

. Primarily products of the dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy Thirteen became notorious within the elite Screaming Eagles for their hard drinking and savage fighting skills. Mcniece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC.


First Kills: The Illustrated Biography of Fighter Pilot Wladyslaw Gnys

This event symbolized the prevailing friendly coexistence between Poland and Germany. It is a tribute to wladyslaw Gnys, the decorated ace pilot, but also to the charming and humble man himself. Hamilton magazine polish pilot wladyslaw wladek Gnys was credited with shooting down the first two German aircraft of World War II on September 1, 1939.

Wladek, evaded the pursuing stukas and went on to make the first Allied kills, who barely survived himself, while Neubert was credited with the first aerial kill of the war. Fifty years after the invasion of poland, in the summer of 1989, Gnys and Neubert met and shook hands, making news around the world.

. It tells wladek’s story from his childhood in rural poland, his capture and escape during Operation Overlord, through his time flying in three Allied air forces during World War II, and his reconciliation with Neubert and his commemoration as a national war hero in Poland. Remarkably detailed. Written by his son stefan and drawing from his logbooks, this highly illustrated biography of Wladek Gnys is the most in-depth account of the Polish hero’s life.

Tells the story of one man’s ride through the history of most of the 20th century. They reconciled their differences and remained friends until their deaths. On this day, as gnys’ squadron took off near Kraków to intercept the German invaders, German Stuka pilot Frank Neubert attacked, killing the captain.

Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway

Many were encouraged to write down their experiences as part of their therapy. Those who survived the hard labor and harsh conditions there would be sent onto Thailand, then Singapore before arriving in Japan in 1945, spending the last few months of the war working in coal mines just 40 miles outside Nagasaki.

One, james gee, pfc, usMC did a particularly detailed job. Now rediscovered, James's story can be told to a new generation. During world War II, Lt. At the end of the war, a group of liberated prisoners of war from Southeast Asia, survivors of the sinking of the USS Houston in 1942, was sent to the ward for treatment.

Rosalie Hamric was an R. N. Serving as charge nurse in the Psychiatric Ward of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Hospital. His account covers the sinking of the Houston, his rescue by a Japanese ship, and his experiences in Japanese camps over the next three years. Initially a prisoner in java forced to load and unload enemy ships, then in Batavia, he was then transferred to Burma where he worked on the "death railway, " living on the banks of the River Kwai.

Rosalie worked his accounts into a manuscript, which following her sudden death, languished in an attic for over thirty years.

Special Operations in the American Revolution

When the american revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majesty’s British and German legions. This revolutionary war history analyzes the Continental Army’s extensive use of guerilla tactics—the beginning of modern Special Ops. While Gen. Washington endeavored to confront the Empire on conventional terms, he relied on small units to keep the enemy off balance.

As this book establishes, the improvisation inherent in the American spirit proved itself well during the Revolution, continuing to stand as an example for our future martial endeavors. In this book, author and former US Army colonel Robert Tonsetic analyzes a number of special operations conducted during the Revolutionary War.

The fledgling continental navy and Marines, no match for the British navy in sea battles, focused on disrupting British commercial shipping in the Atlantic and Caribbean. But the americans had a trump card: a reservoir of tough, self-reliant frontier fighters willing to contest the King’s men with unconventional tactics.

Throughout the war, what we today call specOps were an integral part of American strategy, and many of the lessons learned and tactics used at the time are still studied by modern-day Special Operations forces. While the british could seize the coastlines, the interior belonged to these brave men. When the british and their native american allies began to wage war on American settlements west of the Appalachians, Washington relied on militias to conduct raids and long-range strikes.

Indeed, washington’s army suffered defeat after defeat in the first few years.

Behind Japanese Lines: With the OSS in Burma

Drawing upon the author’s own experiences as a member of Detachment 101, interviews with surviving 101 members, tension, detailing the danger, and classified documents, Dunlop’s tale unfolds with cinematic intensity, and drama of secret warfare. Exposed to blistering heat and threatened by loathsome tropical diseases, the Western-raised OSS men also found themselves beset by unfriendly tribesmen and surrounded by the jungle’s unique perils—giant leeches, cobras, and rogue tigers.

Not merely a war narrative, behind Japanese Lines is an adventure story, the story of unconventional men with an almost impossible mission fighting an irregular war in supremely hostile territory. Thus was born oss detachment 101, the first clandestine special force formed by Donovan and one that would play a highly dangerous but vital role in the reconquest of Burma by the Allies.

Behind japanese lines, is the exciting story of the men of Detachment 101, originally published in 1979, who, with their loyal native allies—the Kachin headhunters—fought a guerilla war for almost three years. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

In early 1942, with world war ii going badly, president roosevelt turned to general william “wild Bill” Donovan, now known historically as the “Father of Central Intelligence, ” with orders to form a special unit whose primary mission was to prepare for the eventual reopening of the Burma Road linking Burma and China by performing guerilla operations behind the Japanese lines.

Never before have the activities of the OSS been recorded in such authentic firsthand detail. Skyhorse publishing, the third reich, the old west, vikings, hitler and his henchmen, as well as our Arcade imprint, the American Civil War, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, gladiators, ancient Rome, conspiracies, medieval times, the American Revolution, the JFK assassination, and much more.

Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944

Magnificently stirring” account of the Normandy Landings—stories of the men in the first wave of the Allied Invasion The New York Times. The scope of howarth’s vision—focusing on england and france, beach, on sky, and hedgerow, on divisions and squads—makes Dawn of D-Day a franker portrayal than any other turning points of the war on the Western Front, and the greatest amphibious operation in history.

In this intimate chronicle, 000 aircraft, 000 vessels, 12, the 7, and 750, 000 men committed on D-Day are taken for granted. June 6, as david howarth shows, is one of the most famous dates in world history, 1944, and, a defining date in countless personal histories. An “unforgettable .  .  . Instead, we see d-day through the eyes of the men on the ground as Howarth weaves together the larger story of the beginning of the battle of Normandy with the stories of the beachhead itself.


Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War

At the age of twenty-nine, tibbets assembled a secret team of 1, at the request of his country, 800 American soldiers to carry out the single most violent act in the history of mankind. All but anonymous even in his own city, carefully maintaining his privacy, this man, Greene's father would point out to him, had "won the war.

He was Paul Tibbets. Duty is the story of three lives connected by history, and blood; indeed, it is many stories, proximity, intimate and achingly personal as well as deeply historic. On every page you can hear the whisper of a generation and its children bidding each other farewell. It is an exploration of and response to the concept of duty as it once was and always should be: quiet and from the heart.

In 1945 tibbets piloted a plane—which he called Enola Gay, after his mother—to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where he dropped the atomic bomb. On the morning after the last meal he ever ate with his father, Greene went to meet Tibbets. When bob greene went home to central ohio to be with his dying father, it set off a chain of events that led him to knowing his dad in a way he never had before—thanks to a quiet man who lived just a few miles away, a man who had changed the history of the world.

Greene's father—a soldier with an infantry division in World War II—often spoke of seeing the man around town. What developed was an unlikely friendship that allowed Greene to discover things about his father, and his father's generation of soldiers, that he never fully understood before.