Chapter Twenty-Seven also shows that warfare is a complex and delicate game of strategy. Direct engagement between Allied and Japanese forces can mean greater suffering for the men on the ground, under Japanese control. Louie and the others know that their survival is not ensured—they are in a kind of figurative minefield. At the same time, the POWs are so elated by the arrival of American planes, and by the American bombings in and around Tokyo, that they seem to view the activities without fear. The men’s experiences heightened their awareness of who was the enemy and of the need to defeat this enemy. They stand “allied” with each other, and with all the soldiers who come to attack Japan directly.
In this section, Hillenbrand also reminds the reader that other narratives also take place at the same time as Louie’s. These narratives include the tragic loss of the other members of Green Hornet, and the futile hope that their family members hold for their survival.