The Battle for Guadalcanal

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University of Illinois Press, 01/giu/2000 - 282 pagine
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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 Guadalcanalis a story of raw courage, desperate measures, and ultimate triumph.
  

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HE SHAVES WITH A BLOWTORCH
3
STAIKE AND AIGGS
11
NIGHTMARE IN NEW ZEALAND PESSIMISM IN MELBOURNE FIASCO IN THE FIJIS
22
A FLEET MAJESTICAL
39
THE IRON TONGUE OF MIDNIGHT
56
WE HAVE A TOE HOLD
68
DEATH is LIGHTER THAN A FEATHER
78
THE TOKYO EXPRESS
89
ATTACK REPEAT ATTACK
170
HOW LONG CAN THEY TAKE IT?
182
GRIM BLOODY AND FOR KEEps1
190
WEVE GOT THE BASTARDS LICKED
200
STALEMATE
209
TANAKA OF TASSAFARONGA
217
THE ARMY TAKES OVER
224
JANUARY 1943
232

MALINE YOU DIE
104
SO PRECARIOUSLY HELD
125
l AM LONESOME AND THINK OF MY NATIVE VILLAGE
140
EVERY MAN WILL GIVE A GOOD ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF
158
EPILOGUE
242
NOTES
247
INDEX
273
Copyright

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The late Samuel B. Griffith was a Brigadier General and served during World War II with the United States Marines. He is the author of The Battle for Guadalcanal and the editor and translator of Mao Tse-Tung: "On Guerilla War."

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