So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on

So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's Letters from Iwo Jima The Battle of Iwo Jima has been memorialized innumerable times as the subject of countless books and motion pictures, most recently Clint Eastwood s films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and no wartime photo is famous than Joe Rosenthal s Pulitzer Prize winning image of Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi Yet most Americans know only one side of this pivotal and bloody battle First published in Japan to great acclaim, becoming a bestseller and a prize winner, So Sad to Fall in Battle shows us the struggle, through the eyes of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi, one of the most fascinating and least known figures of World War II As author Kumiko Kakehashi demonstrates, Kuribayashi was far from the stereotypical fanatic Japanese warrior Unique among his country s officers, he refused to risk his men s lives in suicidal banzai attacks, instead creating a defensive, insurgent style of combat that eventually became the Japanese standard On Iwo Jima, he eschewed the special treatment due to him as an officer, enduring the same difficult conditions as his men, and personally walked every inch of the island to plan the positions of thousands of underground bunkers and tunnels The very flagpole used in the renowned photograph was a pipe from a complex water collection system the general himself engineered Exclusive interviews with survivors reveal that as the tide turned against him, Kuribayashi displayed his true mettle Though offered a safer post on another island, he chose to stay with his men, fighting alongside them in a final, fearless, and ultimately hopeless three hour siege After thirty six cataclysmic days on Iwo Jima, Kurbiayashi s troops were responsible for the deaths of a third of all US Marines killed during the entire four year Pacific conflict, making him, in the end, America s most feared and respected foe Ironically, it was Kuribayashi s own memories of his military training in America in the s, and his admiration for this country s rich, gregarious, and self reliant people, that made him fear ever facing them in combat a feeling that some suspect prompted his superiors to send him to Iwo Jima, where he met his fate Along with the words of his son and daughter, which offer unique insight into the private man, Kuribayashi s own letters cited extensively in this book paint a stirring portrait of the circumstances that shaped him So Sad to Fall in Battle tells a fascinating, never before told story and introduces America, as if for the first time, to one of its most worthy adversaries From the Hardcover edition [PDF] ✪ Snowbound with the Sheriff By Lauri Robinson – 9facts.co.uk most recently Clint Eastwood s films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima ❮Reading❯ ➾ Storybook Dad Author Laura Bradford – 9facts.co.uk and no wartime photo is famous than Joe Rosenthal s Pulitzer Prize winning image of 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10 thoughts on “So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's Letters from Iwo Jima

  1. W W says:

    This was an unusual experiment by director Clint Eastwood,two films depicting the battle of Iwo Jima from opposing sides,shot back to back.Flags of our Fathers was the story of the American soldiers at the island,while Letters from Iowa Jima tells the story from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers.It is an excellent film and deservedly received a lot of critical acclaim.A masterful depiction of the desperate situation faced by the Japanese soldiers on the island.No big stars,just a very goo This was an unusual experiment by director Clint Eastwood,two films depicting the battle of Iwo Jima from opposing sides,shot back to back.Flags of our Fathers was the story of the American soldiers at the island,while Letters from Iowa Jima tells the story from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers.It is an excellent film and deservedly received a lot of critical acclaim.A masterful depiction of the desperate situation faced by the Japanese soldiers on the island.No big stars,just a very good story.Another feather in Clint Eastwood cap.4.5 stars for the film


  2. Carole Rae Carole Rae says:

    Books like these are always hard to comment on This is a true story based on their very real letters As I said before, I have a respect for the Japanese Especially for the Japanese soldiers in WWII Even though both of my grandfathers fought in WWII, I still can t help but respect and honor these men I especially have a high respect for every man who fought in the Battle for Iwo Jima It was one of the bloodiest battles out of the whole war.The book only made me tear up a couple of times, mo Books like these are always hard to comment on This is a true story based on their very real letters As I said before, I have a respect for the Japanese Especially for the Japanese soldiers in WWII Even though both of my grandfathers fought in WWII, I still can t help but respect and honor these men I especially have a high respect for every man who fought in the Battle for Iwo Jima It was one of the bloodiest battles out of the whole war.The book only made me tear up a couple of times, mostly when she would share a final message letter that the soldiers would write to their families At a certain point in time they stopped delivering letters from the island, so they were mostly isolated The only form of communication was to Head Quarters, I guess I found this terrible The men knew that they werethan likely never to return home Which the high majority didn t Whole units were wiped out Out of about 23000, only 216 were taken prisoner alive.I really liked this book I couldn t put it down The book is like a car crash, you can t help but read, even though it s terribly depressing I loved how the author included bits and pieces of actual letters, not just summarizing what the man said to his family I loved reading General Kuribayashi s letters to his wife and kids, I m so glad that his family decided to share these letters.The only thing I didn t like was how she jumped all over the place One minute you d be on the island with Kuribayashi, then the next moment you re in present day at a memorial I wished she made itin chronological order It was just annoying sometimes, but I sort of understand why she did that.Like earlier stated, it s hard to judge a book like this All of this is real Every letter was real Every soldier was real.Out of five stars, I m granting this book 5 stars I do recommend that everyone should read this sometime in their life if they have any interest in WWII or Japanese history Or if you re just a history buff you should read it


  3. La pointe de la sauce La pointe de la sauce says:

    No matter how many times the writter tried to make Kuribayashi a maverick, genius general, I just found myself disagreeing evenHe divides his time in Iwo Jima between constructing a vast cemetary of tunnels to fight a guerilla war which he was bound to lose and writting numerous letters instructing his family in minutae on how to proceed with their lives The number of letters he writes is really what s astonishing and on totally irrelevant subjects He writes a number of letters from No matter how many times the writter tried to make Kuribayashi a maverick, genius general, I just found myself disagreeing evenHe divides his time in Iwo Jima between constructing a vast cemetary of tunnels to fight a guerilla war which he was bound to lose and writting numerous letters instructing his family in minutae on how to proceed with their lives The number of letters he writes is really what s astonishing and on totally irrelevant subjects He writes a number of letters from Iwo Jima, about a draft in the kitchen back home with instructions on how to fix it and numerous others on dreams he had Kuribayashi had instructed his men to live a lifeagonizing than death ordered them to wring the very last drop out of their lives But in a battle where neither victory nor a safe return home could be hoped for, he also would not allow his men to die heroic deaths There is a point at which resistance is absolutely futile, honour has to be suspended in order to secure life There is nothing honorable about fighting in a war that is already lost.I m comparing Kuribayashi to Mao Ho Chi Minh and he doesn t fare well, despite the writters insistence he is no genius, he reacts to the American superior war machine by simply postponing the death of his soldiers and even then only by a few days In the end he is only a general who followed orders and he was ordered to his death That should tell you how much he was appreciated by the emperor The writting in the book is substandard and jumps back and forth instead of reading chronologically It sounded to me like a high school graduate who wants to belive in a heroic, caring general but ends up providing evidence that contradicts this belief I only read this because it was a Christmas present and I can t bear an unread book on my shelf I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone over the age of 15


  4. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:

    How must you live your life You can live normally for a while then lose it horrifically for a cause, like your country s war, then after many years be remembered and turned into a film by Clint Eastwood or some such Hollywood guy looking for some nice stories they can recreate on screen and win Academy awards for.Before the war, Lt General Kuribayashi Tadamichi stayed in the US for about two years and had seen with his own eyes how nice, normal and likeable the average Americans are and how far How must you live your life You can live normally for a while then lose it horrifically for a cause, like your country s war, then after many years be remembered and turned into a film by Clint Eastwood or some such Hollywood guy looking for some nice stories they can recreate on screen and win Academy awards for.Before the war, Lt General Kuribayashi Tadamichi stayed in the US for about two years and had seen with his own eyes how nice, normal and likeable the average Americans are and how far advanced the country is, economically, than his own Japan Fast forward a fewyears and he s now the overall commander of the Japanese forces at the small island called Iwo Jima a crucial and strategic jumping point for a mainland invasion of his beloved country where he has a wife and several young children From the very beginning he was against battling with the USA and had believed Japan can t possibly win against the Americans with the latter s superior military might He knew Iwo Jima will also be ultimately overrun by the invading American forces He was a realist, but he has a theory if he can inflict as much losses as possible against the Americans, or delay their victory in the island for as long as he can, it may be possible that public opinion against the war may grow strong enough to halt it him knowing that the Americans do not like their soldiers dying or at least he can buytime for his country s leaders to find aacceptable solution which could prevent the inevitable invasion of the Japanese mainland where his family was.With almost zero air and naval support he prepared his small island for a tenacious defence, digging down tunnels where his soldiers of around twenty thousand men many of them young teenage boys actually, and middle aged fathers like him this was at the point of the war where the Japanese military was running out of men to conscript and feed into its war machine could shelter themselves from the inevitable shelling and bombing and this was proven to be very effective They were able to take around seven thousand American fathers, brothers, teenage boys and husbands like them who had also written letters home like them while killing and getting killed.Great General Kuribayashi The Americans were indeed shocked by the sheer number of caskets going home draped with their flag that they got the idea of dropping two atomic bombs instead of doing a similar land invasion where they could meetKuribayashis with their suicidal troops and losemen.General Kuribayashi s family survived the war His widow managed to raise their children all by herself, selling squids among other odd jobs she took and, except for his older daughter who died of diphtheria while a young adult, they all grew old and kept his letters from Iwo Jima like sacred relics Fast forwardyears and there are yearly reunions of old veterans of both sides and their families and they shake hands and greet each other as friends and these warriors of old reminisce about how stupid they all were butchering each other just a few decades ago Now Japan and the USA are allies and they may go to war as comrades against the Chinese over some stupid islands in the China Sea which go underwater during high tide.If I am going to put up a library I d place this book in the HUMOR shelf LOL


  5. Aly (Fantasy4eva) Aly (Fantasy4eva) says:

    All I have to keep me company is my packet of Doritos Tangy cheese flavour, hehehe , and Strawberry flavoured water which I must admit is pretty good Hey, what can I say I m experimenting PI just finished watching FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS which is told from the Americans perspective I thought it was an ok movie But I m half an hour into this movie and I m already loving itSure, Ken Watanabe gorgeous man softened me up to the idea of giving it a go, but I was also very curious to s All I have to keep me company is my packet of Doritos Tangy cheese flavour, hehehe , and Strawberry flavoured water which I must admit is pretty good Hey, what can I say I m experimenting PI just finished watching FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS which is told from the Americans perspective I thought it was an ok movie But I m half an hour into this movie and I m already loving itSure, Ken Watanabe gorgeous man softened me up to the idea of giving it a go, but I was also very curious to see things from the Japanese side I love how so many of the characters are so charming I love their little inside jokes and obvious bond Something that I felt was missing from the other movie Oh and can I just say Saigo played by Kazunari Ninomiya is just adorable Such a cutie And when he speaks Japanese with his awesome self, I must admit, I swoon DUpdate I just finished watching it It was wonderful if you can call a movie such as this that It s so touching and sad throughout but I am amazed at how they always found time for laughter It shows us that, sure, there will always be some rotten eggs within groups, but that doesn t necessarily mean that you cast out the whole lot of them as evil I saw those that had their own agenda, who royally fucked things up, but there were so many others who had so much heart and showed mercy Let s not forget, these men were brave and all about honour even if it was misplaced at times.Then there are times when doubt comes into mind It seeps into your thoughts and makes you contemplate things which you would rather not These moments are captured beautifully After all, many of these soldiers are merely boys Some who have been forced but do it for their families, their country They regret, they feel guilt but gosh they re so scared And I really don t know how they do it Go into a battle knowing they stand no chance Basically committing suicide but going forward because they feel it could benefit their people Now that s bravery.For some reason, I wasn t charmed by FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS in the same way.I think Clint Eastwood captured their side of this war with such sensitivity and understanding I was genuinely touched by these people, their courage, loyalty and determination


  6. Greenockian Greenockian says:

    203 pages which could have been whittled down to about a third of the amount It s an interesting read but very repetitive The author would have benefited from a good editor pointing out some of the clunky repeats of information At the end of it I acknowledge the author s adoration of the subject, a Japanese colonel who fought the Americans at Iwo Jima, but I don t feel I really understand the colonel or his motivation The fact that he knew they were beaten but still moved his men towards a g 203 pages which could have been whittled down to about a third of the amount It s an interesting read but very repetitive The author would have benefited from a good editor pointing out some of the clunky repeats of information At the end of it I acknowledge the author s adoration of the subject, a Japanese colonel who fought the Americans at Iwo Jima, but I don t feel I really understand the colonel or his motivation The fact that he knew they were beaten but still moved his men towards a gruesome ending doesn t fit with the facts laid out by the writer and a bit of cod psychology thrown in does the colonel little justice I would imagine This could have been a good book but has too much of the feel of an over extended Sunday supplement piece


  7. Tom Tom says:

    Very interesting to learn of the Japanese side of the battle for Iwo Jima This book should be read along with Flags of Our Fathers.


  8. Alexander Curran Alexander Curran says:

    For our homeland Until the very last man Our duty is to stop the enemy right here Do not expect to return home alive The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.Ken Watanabe General Kuribayashi Review of film, which was similar to the book, although obviouslydetail provided A film with powerful, historical significance Told from the side of the Japanese as they prFor our homeland Until the very last man Our duty is to stop the enemy right here Do not expect to return home alive The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.Ken Watanabe General Kuribayashi Review of film, which was similar to the book, although obviouslydetail provided A film with powerful, historical significance Told from the side of the Japanese as they prepare to protect Iwo Jima from American invasion Some scenes especially the suicide deaths are quite graphic, and the action in it has a gritty, tense, war drenched realism to it Fantastic diverse range of Japanese actors Ken Watanabe always impresses Watched this numerous times and always find something new very powerful, very emotional, very relevant and historical Lets all take note of our past for the future.In the second half of Letters from Iwo Jima a group of Japanese soldiers find an American who has been badly wounded and take him into their cave Their general speaks English, so he begins talking to this soldier, whose name we later find out is Sam Although the two men should be sworn to kill each other, they are able to have a connection in the one conversation they have A while later, the general comes back into the room only to discover that Sam s wounds have killed him He searches him for a while and discovers a letter written by his mother The letter is full of words that truly come from the heart of this kid s mother, and by the time the general finishes reading the letter, every soldier in that cave has realized that Americans aren t these savages these hate driven murderers No, they all realize that Americans are exactly like they are, and that they don t want to be there and want to return home safely just like their enemies I believe the point that Clint Eastwood is making with his Iwo Jima saga is just this these two enemies were faralike than they had imagined and they were both fighting only in hopes of returning home safely to their familyI don t know anything about the enemy I thought all Americans were cowards I was taught they were savages As for the specific film itself In just about every way imaginable, this absolutely masterwork is a step up from Flags of our Fathers which is not something I say easily, as Flags is a good film From the acting of the incredible ensemble cast, to the film s delicate but powerful script, to the beautiful imagery of the film the colour distortion could not be anybrilliant , to Clint Eastwood s absolutely perfect knowledge of film and what works in a film like this.The score written by Kyle Eastwood Clint s son Original Music by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens captures the feel of the movie better than any score written for this year It is very quiet, poignant music, but listening to it makes you think about all the people that die as a result of war.The acting is truly phenomenal All of the actors do incredible, extraordinary work although I must single out two actors in particular who really blew me away The first is Ken Watanabe I haven t seen any of his native work, but I can safely say based upon his American studio work The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha and of course this film that the man is a force to be reckoned with I simply hope that he is not reduced to roles in vain of Chow Yun Fat or Jet Li in their Western cinema roles He adds such an atmosphere of wisdom, intelligence and determination quite the opposite of how the Japanese enemy is usually portrayed in WWII films His character is entirely human and not reduced to a suicidal, angry General type, which is probably what many people would expect The second is Kazunari Ninomiya, who plays Saigo What a heartbreaking performance this actor provides He is small, scrawny, not built for war He has trouble fitting in His expression is that of constant exhaustion But his determination to live and to honour his general over himself is touching and fascinating to watch His delivery and performance in general is absolutely stunningWe can die here, or we can continue fighting Which would better serve the emperor In terms of themes, the most intricate and important aspect of the film is its examination of the psyche of the warfare itself In Flags of our Fathers like in his earlier films such as Unforgiven, Eastwood portrays an examination and dissection of heroism and what it meant both for those who are labeled heroes and those who did the labeling With Letters from Iwo Jima, Eastwood studies the exact opposite of the spectrum Glory It s almost as if Eastwood isfascinated with the Japanese comprehension of heroism than the American one The Japanese soldiers in the film don t have such a thing as heroism to begin with What they do have is glory and honour They accept their clear and present defeat with humbleness and modesty, perhaps too much so as they would rather take their own lives than fall into the hands of the enemy If Flags of our Fathers was a criticism of wartime splendor and heroism, Letters from Iwo Jima is a modest glorification of these elements.In all, with Letters from Iwo Jima, Eastwood creates a new kind of war film that stands quite apart from its counterparts both because it portrays the side of the enemy but also and especially because it takes extra special care in emphasizing the human aspect of the soldiers it depicts, humanizing and characterizing them to endless extent As a psychological study of warfare and as a history lesson Eastwood has crafted a truly masterful and meaningful piece that s riveting and fascinating as it is intricate and complex One of the best films of the year To sum it all up Letters from Iwo Jima is one of the greatest war films ever made, and is easily does the best job of depicting war as something that harms all involved that I have ever seen Clint Eastwood has, with this achievement, engraved his name as one of the greatest American directors in film historyA day will come when they will weep and pray for your souls


  9. David David says:

    but it isn t the letters It is Kakehashi s analysis of the battle, with extracts of some letters With her analysis, the language is rather colloquial There s tautology and lots of When you read this letter, you can really feel etcCan I It s probably the translation I also felt that it requiresthan translation for non Japanese readers All the stuff about digging up the bones needs some context Otherwise it just seems unnecessarily morbid.I think I d rather have just read t but it isn t the letters It is Kakehashi s analysis of the battle, with extracts of some letters With her analysis, the language is rather colloquial There s tautology and lots of When you read this letter, you can really feel etcCan I It s probably the translation I also felt that it requiresthan translation for non Japanese readers All the stuff about digging up the bones needs some context Otherwise it just seems unnecessarily morbid.I think I d rather have just read the letters with footnotes , or a straight history of the battle


  10. OK Dad OK Dad says:

    Received this book in a box sent to me by my Stepmother She had been collecting some of my Dad s belongings in boxes to send me since his death in August 2015 When she fills a box, she sends it on.This time it was filled with books, including this one My father wasn t an avid book reader, so for him to have bought this book inside the cover he wrote where he bought it and when and read it cover to cover, is an important clue to how much he enjoyed the subject matter.I have recollections of Received this book in a box sent to me by my Stepmother She had been collecting some of my Dad s belongings in boxes to send me since his death in August 2015 When she fills a box, she sends it on.This time it was filled with books, including this one My father wasn t an avid book reader, so for him to have bought this book inside the cover he wrote where he bought it and when and read it cover to cover, is an important clue to how much he enjoyed the subject matter.I have recollections of him and I having conversations about this book, the characters and the Clint Eastwood directed movie based on this book Letters from Iwo Jima.So, needless to say, I had an emotional response when reading this book, forthan just the dramatic traumatic horrific content contained within the text.Enough background, the book is a translation and suffers at times from what feels like some redundancies inherent to linguistic subtleties.Practice patience and enjoy the written human drama, all while thanking your maker that you were spared the experience of fighting on Iwo Jima The author is utterly and sometimes painfully respectful of the American Marines and the US military forces in general Time to watch the dvd and cry again


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