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Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima
 
 

Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Tatum
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In 1944, the U.S. Marines were building the 5th Marine Division—also known as “The Spearhead”—in preparation for the invasion of the small, Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. . . 



When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps—Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.



It was from Basilone and other sergeants that Tatum would learn how to fight like a Marine and act like a man—skills he would need when he hit the black sand of Iwo Jima with thirty thousand other Marines.



Red Blood, Black Sand is the story of Chuck’s two weeks in hell, where he would watch his hero, Basilone, fall, where the enemy stalked the night, where snipers haunted the day, and where Chuck would see his friends whittled away in an eardrum-shattering, earth-shaking, meat grinder of a battle.



This is the island, the heroes, and the tragedy of Iwo Jima, through the eyes of the battle’s greatest living storyteller, Chuck Tatum.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072NWKKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 15 Jan 2013
By PhilM
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I have read other books about the Pacific war but not one that is on such a personal level. Iwo Jima was an awful and horrific ordeal for the Marines and Japanese who took part and this book manages to convey that to the reader, even though I have no experience of such ordeals. If you are into military history then I recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars red blood black sand 24 Sep 2013
By michele
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Purchased for avid reader of anything to do with WW II. Recipient was more than pleased.
Another welcome paperback to add to his collection. Fast delivery after disappointment when
Ordered from an American company that was a non-delivery after waiting over a month.
Amazon saved the day. Many thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant read 4 Aug 2013
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I started to read this book and couldn't put it down for anybody wanting to read about the WWII it's a must to read, fantastic read
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5.0 out of 5 stars red blood black sand 21 Jun 2013
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If you have read With the old breed by E.B Sledge and Helmet for my pillow by Robert Leckie then this is a must ! it completes the trilogy of the story told by the HBO mini series The Pacific .It picks up the baton where the other books have almost finished and takes you through one of the last great battles of the pacific campaign - Iwo jima .

Chuck Tatum writes from the heart and leaves no detail out, from when he first enlisted ,to hitting the beach at Iwo jima ,although he covers quite a lot about the hero John Basilone the book is a testament to all the ordinary men who did an extraodinary job - the job of heros,who then returned to the USA and tried to pick up life where they left off .

This book tells their story ,by a man who has been there and done that ,and survived - Chuck Tatum ( bronze star)

Well written and hard to put down !
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