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VIRTUAL TALK: “Fire and Fortitude” with John C. McManus
July 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
FIRE AND FORTITUDE
The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943
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While the Marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, the often unsung Army soldiers did most of the fighting—and dying—in the war against Japan. This is their story. It starts with Pearl Harbor, a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war. It ends with Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the increasingly desperate Japanese tested the army’s might. In the two years of punishing combat between, the Army transformed, at times unsteadily, from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut. The generals—military autocrat Douglas MacArthur, brilliant Robert Eichelber, prickly “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell, and German-born officer Walter Krueger are at the pinnacle of this richly told story. But the voices of the Army grunts who endured stifling temperatures, apocalyptic tropical storms, rampant malaria, and a fanatical enemy bent on total destruction are not lost in this compelling and bold account of a war that reshaped our military and turned American from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.
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