I have just finished reading “Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley (The Clint Eastwood Movies is also excellent). I found the book highly entertaining and informative concerning the flag raising and its aftermath. But one paragraph in the book was very disturbing.
At page 182 (hardback edition) the following was written concerning an impending attack:
"But no attack order was given. The problem was tanks. Colonel Liversedge had expected several to arrive to cover the assault, but none had appeared. Rearming and refuelling problems and Japanese mortar harassment had kept them pinned down."
Continuing further: “At eight-thirty, Colonel Liversedge made a harrowing decision. Despite the crucial absence or armour to cover the charging boys, he could not afford to wait any longer.He gave the order to go”.
Was this a critical mistake resulting in needless deaths?? It reminds me of a WW 1 charge into fixed positions.
Could have junior officers in 1945 protested this order?
I do appreciate feedback.