So what is it that makes the “Greatest Generation” so great? Well, I’m not sure I can tell you. However, James Fenelon’s new book “Angels Against The Sun” does an amazing job of illustrating just how great these men were during their time of war.
I had so much fun visiting with James about his book that recalls the heroic story of the 11th Airborne Division and their role in the Pacific campaign of WWII.
Grunt’s-Eye View of Pacific Warfare
The Pacific theater of World War II pitted American fighting men against two merciless enemies: the relentless Japanese army and the combined forces of monsoons, swamps, mud, privation, and disease.
General Joseph Swing’s rowdy paratroopers of the 11th Airborne Division— nicknamed the “Angels”—fought in some of the war’s most dramatic campaigns, from bloody skirmishes in Leyte’s unforgiving rainforests to the ferocious battles on Luzon, including the hellish urban combat of Manila.
The Angels were trained as elite shock troops, but high American casualties often forced them into action as ground-pounding infantrymen. Surviving on airdropped supplies and reinforcements, the Angels fought their way across nearly impassable terrain, emerging as one of the most lethal units in the Pacific War. Their final task was the occupation of Japan, where they were the first American boots on the ground.
Angels Against the Sun is an unforgettable account of the liberation of the Philippines. In the tradition of Band of Brothers, historian and former paratrooper James M. Fenelon offers a grunt’s-eye view of the war. This is a soldier’s history at its best.
JAMES M FENELON is a paratrooper turned historian. He served in the U.S. Army for more than a
decade and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Pathfinder schools. His previous
book, Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II’s Largest Airborne Invasion and the Final
Push into Nazi Germany, was widely praised; the Wall Street Journal called it “inspired” and the Army
Times called it “a riveting account.” He has written for World War II magazine, Military History, and
other outlets, and served as a technical advisor for World War II documentaries. An alumnus of the
University of Texas at Austin, Fenelon and his wife live in the Texas Hill Country.
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