Defending Damortis from masses of Japanese troops who just landed, giving them a real hospitable welcome that surely must have surprised and bothered the higher command all the way to Homma himself. Necessitating the need for heavy artillery support from their battleships. Making the enemy pay for every inch of ground, exacting heavy casualties every time. Stopping tanks without anti tank guns and taking on the bulk of all the JIA's might and stopping it's advance and delaying their time table. No wonder the Japanese commented that they need to study these soldiers. They are real heroes everyone of them and they are true to their motto.
I've always been a big fan of stories of the catastrophic german retreats from 1944-45, the escape from the falaise pocket, the battles around the eastern front during the final collapse, the ruckmarsch from Normandy...The story of the 26th is an epic that equals or even surpasses those.
The few technical glitches of the book (bazookas???), rank and unit structure errors do little to the whole story. It was a white knuckle read of a white knuckle story. I really could not put the book down.