The Pacific, Volume Two: The Solomons to Saipan, the third in the planned 10-volume collection WAR STORIES: World War II Firsthand, presents a perspective on the military campaigns and actions of World War II anchored on the stories told by the marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and other front line personnel who experienced the conflict. What is particularly unique to these books is that each volume will present accounts from both sides, in some cases, from participants who were across the battle lines from each other.
Drawn from personal interviews conducted by the author, diaries, letters and reports, each volume in this collection will also contain archive photos, newly created maps and other visual materials. In some cases personal photographs and memorabilia of the interviewees are included. More than two hundred and fifty veterans have been identified and interviewed and others are coming forward as the project unfolds.
Supporting each topic, theater or campaign are historical facts to set the scene for the veterans’ commentaries. While details of experiences under fire are very compelling, camp life, leave and other similar activities are also included. Some interviews include stories of capture and POW camps, as these events are some of the most vivid memories the veterans have.
This collector’s item is lavishly designed, printed in full color throughout and includes 11 originally-designed maps with detailed legends. Containing more than 300 pages in a handsome 9” x 12” hardcover format with dust jacket, this volume will be a treasured volume on your bookshelf for years to come.
Printed in the United States of America.