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The battle for Guadalcanal

Author: Samuel B Griffith
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: 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 in the history of the U.S. Navy up to that time. Griffith, who fought with Edson's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel B Griffith
ISBN: 0252068912 9780252068911
OCLC Number: 43555161
Notes: Originally published: Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1963, in series: Great battles of history.
Description: xi, 282 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Book 1 --
1: He shaves with a blowtorch --
2: Staike and aiggs --
3: Nightmare in New Zealand; pessimism in Melbourne; Fiasco in the Fijis --
Book 2 --
4: Fleet majestical --
5: Iron tongue of midnight --
6: We have a toe hold --
7: Death is lighter than a feather --
8: Tokyo express --
9: Maline, you die! --
Book 3 --
10: So precariously held --
11: I am lonesome and think of my native village --
12: Every man will give a good account of himself --
13: Attack repeat attack --
14: How long can they take it? --
15: Grim, bloody and for keeps --
16: We've got the bastards licked --
Book 4 --
17: Stalemate --
18: Tanaka of Tassafaronga --
19: Army takes over --
20: January, 1943 --
21: Epilogue --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Samuel B. Griffith II.

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"A thrilling narrative. It has the authentic quality of Marine Corps greatness." -- Marquis Childs "[The] writing is factual, but because it pays attention to personalities, it is also human and Read more...

 
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