A history of the battle at Guadalcanal draws on first-time translations of official Japanese defense accounts and declassified U.S. radio intelligence to recreate this critical campaign. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. NYT.
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Presents battlefield accounts and first-person narratives from over 200 Allied and Japanese veterans of the battle on Guadalcanal Island between August 1942 and February 1943.
Eric Hammel vividly imparts the urgency of two desperate battles in which both sides risked their surviving carrier forces to determine the course of the Pacific war. An engrossing narrative of strategy and struggle. 3 8-page black-and-white photo inserts.
On August 7, 1942, a scant nine months after Pearl Harbor, the Marine Corps struck back against Japan on a small island half a world away: Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. The stakes were high. The Japanese had been running roughshod across Asia and the Pacific and even into the Indian Ocean. If the Marines failed in the Solomons, New Guinea would almost certainly fall, mortally threatening Australia. The victory of the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal, told here in pictures for the first time, ranks with the most heroic, dramatic, and enduring of military history. The six-month long Guadalcanal campaign was by far the longest and most complicated operation the Marines faced in the Pacific War. It began with the weapons and tactics of the Marine Corps 1918 combat in France and ended with the revised weapons and tactics that would sweep aside the Japanese defenders of numerous formidable bases all across the wide Pacific--bringing the United States armed forces to total victory in the Pacific in World War II. This book is a fitting tribute to the men who sacrificed so much in winning this first stepping stone on the path to Tokyo Bay and victory over Japan.
This remarkable memoir tells the compelling story of the near-mythic British district officer who helped shape the first great Allied counteroffensive. Scottish-born and Cambridge-educated, Martin Clemens managed to survive months behind Japanese lines in one of the most unfriendly climates and terrains in the world. After countless partisan and spy missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and integrated his Melanesian commando force into the heart of the 1st Marine Division's operations, earning the unfettered admiration of such legendary Marine officers as Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. The book is based on a journal Clemens kept during the war and might well be the last critical source of analysis of the Solomon's campaign. His eyewitness accounts of harrowing long-distance patrols and life on the run from shadowy Japanese intelligence operatives and treacherous islanders are unmatched in the literature of the Pacific War. First published in 1998, the story is essential and enjoyable reading.
Contents: Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift; 1st Marine utility uniform issued in World War II; LVT (1) -- The Amtrac1; Gen. Vandegrift and his 1st Marine Division staff; the coastwatchers; the 1st Marine Division patch; Sgt. Maj. Sir Jacob Charles Vouza; M3A1 37mm antitank gun; Reising gun; November and the continuing buildup; 75mm pack Howitzer -- workhorse of the artillery; the Japanese Model 89 (1929) 50mm heavy grenade discharger; the George1 medal; sources. Maps and photos.
The Author is a Guadalcanal Marine. His discharge reads-- "participated in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal." He is a survivor of that dark island. The airfield there was the key to the Pacific War. Henderson Field had to be held by the Marine Corps at all costs. The Imperial Japanese Navy bombarded the airfield to blast the Marines off it.Japan sent the best men they had in the Air Force and Army against the Marines. Photos provided insights into the survival of the Marine Corps on Guadalcanal and the winning of the war there.(for troops today) His other books are "The Sea Change "(The Flying Kate CIA ship) and "In the Shadow of the Moon."(Metaphysical basis of Terrorism in world Today. The dear old ladies are forbidden to read this scary book) (Order 1 888 280 7715) Books are high suspense and unlike any others ever written, done by a newspaperman.First book has photos. A True Tale of High Adventure. Second amplifies statement ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME...which was put out on world in 1990 by author.
Masterful pacing, vivid character sketches, and gripping action blend with rigorous historical detail in Samuel B. Griffith's The Battle for Guadalcanal. Launched on August 7, 1942, to protect Allied control of the strategic South Pacific islands, the Guadalcanal operation was the most costly American offensive of World War II in the history of the U.S. Navy up to that time. Griffith, who fought with Edson's Raiders on Guadalcanal, describes in gritty detail the vicious close-range fighting, the valiant defense of the Henderson Field airstrip, and the dramatic naval engagements that led, in February 1943, to an American victory. Drawing on American and Japanese sources, Griffith delineates the strategic decisions that shaped the conflict as well as the determination and endurance of combatants on both sides. A breathtaking narrative of military action anchored by a historian's objectivity, The Battle for Guadalcanal is a story of raw courage, desperate measures, and ultimate triumph.
"At what stage in the war did you feel that the balance had swung against you?" a famed Japanese admiral was asked. "Guadalcanal" was his answer. This 50th Anniversary edition provides a totally new historical narrative that details the turning point of the war in the Pacific. Contains rare photographs, hundreds of biographies of the soldiers who participated, full color patches of distinction of units that served & much more!