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In Rocky Boyer's War, Allen Boyer offers a wry, keen-eyed, and occasionally disgruntled counterpoint history of the hard-fought, brilliant campaign that won World War II in the Southwest Pacific. Based in part on an unauthorized diary kept by the author's father, 1st Lt. Roscoe "Rocky" Boyer, this narrative history offers the listener an account of Allied air commander Gen. George Kenney's "air blitz" offensive as it was lived both in the cockpit and on the ground.

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During 1944, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur's forces fought their way from New Guinea to the Philippines, Allied air commander Gen. George Kenney, discarding pre-war doctrine, planned and ran an "air blitz" offensive. His 5th Air Force drove forward like a tank army, crash-landing in open country, seizing terrain, bulldozing new airfields, winning air control, and moving forward. At airfields on the front line, Rocky Boyer kept the radios working for the 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, a fighter-bomber unit.

Diaries were forbidden, but Rocky kept one—full of casualties, accidents, off-duty shenanigans, and rear-area snafus. He wrote about wartime camp life at Nadzab, New Guinea, the largest air base in the world, part Scout camp and part frontier boomtown. He knew characters worthy of Catch-22: combat flyers who played contract bridge, military brass who played office politics, black quartermasters, and chaplains who stood up to colonels when a promotion party ended with drunken gunplay and dynamite.

This is a narrative of the war as airmen lived it. The author uses Rocky's story as a jumping-off point from which to understand the daily life of the men who in 1944 fought their way over the two thousand miles from New Guinea to the Philippines.

"Rocky Boyer’s War provides an astute insider’s view of Army life and attitudes, along with some unforgettable stories." ---Ann Elizabeth Pfau, author of Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

"Rocky Boyer’s War is Allen Boyer’s tribute to his father’s service, but the book also stands tall with other scholarly work on the Pacific war." ---Foreword Reviews

"[Allen Boyer's] prose is beautiful, and his father’s diary is interesting, witty and heartfelt. Rocky Boyer’s War is worth a read.” ---Yakima Herald

"An outstanding new work, Rocky Boyer’s War . . . will find its place among the great eye-level accounts of the Second World War.” ---The Clarion Ledger

Rocky Boyer's War

An Unvarnished History of the Air Blitz that Won the War in the Southwest Pacific

Author Allen D. Boyer

Narrated by Joe Barrett

Publication date Sep 12, 2017

Running time 11 hrs

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