CRUCIBLE OF HELL: OKINAWA: THE LAST GREAT BATTLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Saul David in conversation with Roger Moorhouse
26/09/2020 at 7:00pm
From award-winning historian, Saul David comes an action-packed and powerful new narrative on the Battle of Okinawa – the last great clash of the Second World War, and one that had profound consequences for the modern world. For eighty-three blood-soaked days, the fighting plumbed depths of savagery as bad as anything seen on the Eastern Front. When it was over, almost a quarter of a million people had lost their lives including thousands of civilians lost to mass suicide, convinced by Japanese propaganda that they would otherwise be raped and murdered by the enemy. On the US side, David argues that the horror of the battle ultimately determined President Truman’s choice to use atomic bombs in August 1945.
Saul David is a British academic military historian and broadcaster. He is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and the author of twelve books of military history as well as three historical novels.
Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – The Last Great Battle of the Second World War by Saul David is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/
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