View Full Version : Nemesis - The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

10-07-2007, 03:59 PM
New book by historian Max Hastings is out linky winky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nemesis-Battle-1944-45-Max-Hastings/dp/0007219822) and looks like it might be a good general introduction to the Pacific/Burma/China war for those who might not be too familiar with these theatres.

I've found Hasting's books to be both readable and refreshing when he's covered ground I'm familiar with. I've not read this book yet but look forward to getting to grips with it.

10-07-2007, 04:03 PM
I was looking at this one a few days ago, impressed with 'Bomber Command' & 'Armageddon' - went for 'Bomber Boys' by Patrick Bishop instead. Will no doubt catch up with 'Nemesis' in the near future.

10-07-2007, 04:29 PM
Looks promising, but not available on Amazon U.S. There is a Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 to be published next year. Maybe a different edition for the U.S. market?

10-07-2007, 05:36 PM
Some USA sellers here...

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookSearch?ph=2&sortby=...=7134924&PID=1188329 (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookSearch?ph=2&sortby=2&isbn=0007219822&AID=7134924&PID=1188329)

10-07-2007, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
Some USA sellers here...

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookSearch?ph=2&sortby=...=7134924&PID=1188329 (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookSearch?ph=2&sortby=2&isbn=0007219822&AID=7134924&PID=1188329)


I'm still wondering if Retribution is a different edition of the same book.

10-07-2007, 11:22 PM
Same book. U.S. publisher decided "nemesis" was too gnarly for Americans. Hastings is a fine historian. His book on Bomber Command will remain a classic---especially for its ground-breaking revelations about the massacre of 2 Group's Blenheims in "Channel Stop." 1944-45 in the Pacific was, without a doubt, the dirtiest war ever fought. The U.S. and Japan were like Arkansas duellists with left wrists bound together and each armed with Bowie knives---fight to the death at close quarters. I am sure Hastings will pull no punches.

10-08-2007, 01:58 AM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Okinawa-1945-Stalingrad-George-...d=1191829890&sr=1-11 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Okinawa-1945-Stalingrad-George-Feifer/dp/0752433245/ref=sr_1_11/202-3364973-3287006?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191829890&sr=1-11)

Okinawa...The Stalingrad of the Pacific

this really woke me up about how the Japanese got into the war and what their troops suffered.....how both sides suffered at okinawa...and the civilian population too..

This will really help to understand the reasons behind the Japanese's brutality....they were beaten nearly senseless daily as a part of their military training...and throughout their service...

Also how little of the aspect of real front-line line fighting ever found its way back to the people at home...or the history books...or the newspapers