- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1006.0 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: Richard Bienvenu (24 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CIKLT6O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #668,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Royce Raid - The True Story of a Secret Suicide Mission in the WWII Pacific Theatre Kindle Edition
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As the 'book' was apparently transcribed almost directly from taped conversations, it does have an odd feel to it, but is still a very individual view of what members of the armed forces had to face. It is not a polished article, but is interesting none the less. If you are interested in the war in the pacific, it is a nice counterpoint to some of the grander works about the period.
I did find that photos and maps can be enlarged when using the Kindle App on an Android tablet, which was helpful in a limited way.
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Because this is a war vet telling his story, there is some jumping around, some sections that aren't fully explained, and some sections that aren't clear.
Overall, this was an interesting story if you treat it for what it is - like you are listening to a war vet tell of his experiences. But it leaves a lot to be desired if you are looking for a book that gives the full background of the Royce Raid, the impact it had on the war, and other events going on around the same time.
This isn't a long book, and it's probably most interesting to those who want to hear a story in the veteran's words, or to WWII buffs of the Pacific campaign.
I only gave the book three stars because, in my opinion, it was hard to read. The author interviewed an elderly veteran for his personal story of the raids and used the transcript of those interviews for the bulk of the book's text, so what is there is often choppy and sometimes redundant. It could have been improved by smoothing out the grammar into prose that flowed rather than sputtered.
I also thought the work was too short. It could have been fuller, with more background, information and points of view built around the story than mostly the transcription of interviews with one source. Perhaps the author will undertake to expand it in a future edition. The heroism of the men and their great deeds they performed in their service and struggle and the need to tell about them are certainly worth that effort.
The Royce Raid consisted of ten B-25Cs (one was stuck at Darwin and did not participate) and three B-17s. In mid April flown from Darwin to a staging field of Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao. For three days, the aircraft flew bombing strikes against the Japanese in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. All of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of one flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at DelMonte to await evacuation.
The group of planes was led by General Ralph Royce; hence the name "Royce Mission."
The Dolittle Raid of April 18, 1942 overshadowed this equally important effort of the Royce Mission. Still, the Royce raid did make the front page of the "New York Times" in mid-April.