By Robert Gandt
The Twilight Warriors, winner of the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, is the engrossing, page-turning saga of a tightly knit band of naval aviators who're thrust into the final—and so much brutal—battle of the Pacific warfare: Okinawa.
April 1945. the top of global warfare II eventually seems to be nearing. The 3rd Reich is collapsing in Europe, and the american citizens are overpowering the once-mighty jap Empire within the Pacific. For a gaggle of younger pilots informed within the twilight of the warfare, the best fear is that it'll finish earlier than they've got an opportunity to stand the enemy. They name themselves Tail finish Charlies. They fly on the tail finish of formations, stand on the tail finish of chow traces, and now they're catching the tail finish of the battle. What they don’t comprehend is they could be key avid gamers within the bloodiest and such a lot tough of naval battles—not simply of worldwide conflict II yet in all of yank history.
The Twilight Warriors relives the drama of the world’s final nice naval crusade. From the cockpit of a Corsair fighter we gaze down on the jap job strength racing to damage the yank amphibious strength at Okinawa. during the eyes of the boys at the destroyers assigned to wooden send accountability, we event the fear as wave after wave of kamikazes crash into their ships. status at the deck of the mythical superbattleship Yamato, we watch Japan’s final desire for victory die in a tableau of gunfire and explosions.
Among the Tail finish Charlies are males corresponding to a twenty-two-year-old former paintings pupil who grows to manhood at the day of his first venture over Japan and his ally, a girls’ guy and intrepid fighter pilot whose lifestyles unexpectedly alterations while his Corsair is going down off the enemy shore. one other is a tender Texan lieutenant who volunteers for the main harmful flying task within the fleet—intercepting kamikazes at evening over the blackened Pacific. Their chief is a charismatic officer who rises to greatness within the crucible of Okinawa. Directing the massive armada of sea, air, and land forces is a forged of excellent and improper commanders—from the imperturbable admiral and grasp of service battle to the arguable soldier assigned to command the land forces.
The destiny of the americans at Okinawa is intertwined with the lives of the “young gods”— the honor-bound jap airmen who swarm like killer bees towards the U.S. ships. The kamikazes are dispatched on their lethal one-way missions via a vintage samurai warrior who vows that he'll stick to them to a warrior’s grave.
The ferocity of the Okinawa scuffling with stuns the area. sooner than it ends, the lengthy conflict will price extra American lives, ships, and plane than any naval engagement in U.S. background. greater than easily the account of a ancient conflict, The Twilight Warriors brings to lifestyles the human aspect of an epic clash. it's the tale of younger americans at battle within the air and at the sea—and in their enigmatic, fanatically brave enemy.
From the Hardcover edition.