By Peter Schrijvers
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Even in the middle of international conflict II, americans couldn't support deliberating the lands around the Pacific as a continuation of the yankee Western frontier. yet this conception merely heightened American squaddies' frustration because the adversarial sector ferociously resisted their makes an attempt at control.
The GI warfare opposed to Japan recounts the harrowing reviews of yankee infantrymen in Asia and the Pacific. in line with numerous diaries and letters, it sweeps around the battlefields, from the early determined stand at Guadalcanal to the tragic sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at war's very finish. From the daunting areas of the China-India theater to the castle islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Schrijvers brings to existence the GIs’ fight with suffocating wasteland, devastating illnesses, and eastern infantrymen who most popular demise over lifestyles. Amidst the disappointment and depression of this warfare, American infantrymen deserted themselves to an escalating rage that presaged Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The GI’s tale is, in the beginning, the tale of America's resounding victory over Japan. while, although, the reader will realize within the terribly excessive rate paid for this victory chilling forebodings of the West’s final defeat in Asia’and America’s in Vietnam.
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45 To the American soldiers of the 1940s, the immense region of Asia and the Pacific often presented itself as a veritable physical continuation of their country’s old continental frontier. Indeed, many were the circumstances in which GIs saw the Far East, as if in a kaleidoscope, change into their own Far West. The British settlement colonies of the South Pacific most easily invited 16 The GI War against Japan comparisons with the American West. New Zealand’s shores, for instance, reminded GIs of California’s coastline, and its towns of Texan settlements.
It contained, in other words, the promise of yet another boundless frontier. That became most obvious after the Spanish-American War of 1898, when the US molded the Pacific island groups of Hawaii, Samoa, and the Philippines into formal colonies. Touring the Philippines in 1902, Lieutenant General Nelson A. Miles made a point of visiting the 5th Infantry, the unit he had joined as commanding officer in 1869. There he nostalgically allowed himself to reminisce with his old comrades. “At that time the regiment was on the frontier,” he fondly recalled, “has been on the frontier ever since, and I now find it .
66 The agents of expansion in the American West – trappers, miners, oil prospectors, and traders – all gladly joined the ranks of the GIs in the Pacific. In November 1943, a ship that had taken on a batch of American troops in California several weeks earlier, was hugging the Australian coast on its way to New Guinea. It lacked good washing facilities and as it drew closer to the equator the men aboard were hot, dirty, and unshaven. The vessel was called the USS John Jacob Astor, in honor of the New York merchant who had once owned an empire built on the mountains of furs caught in the Pacific Northwest by Indians and trappers.
The GI War Against Japan: American Soldiers in Asia and the Pacific During World War II by Peter Schrijvers