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Guadalcanal : the definitive account of the landmark battle

Author: Richard B Frank
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1992, ©1990.
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"The battle at Guadalcanal--which began eight months to the day after Pearl Harbor--marked the first American offensive of World War II. It was a brutal six-month campaign that cost the lives of some 7,000 Americans and over 30,000 Japanese. This volume, ten years in the writing, recounts the full story of the critical campaign for Guadalcanal and is based on first-time translations of official Japanese Defense  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Frank
ISBN: 0140165614 9780140165616
OCLC Number: 25221918
Description: xiv, 800 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Strategy, command, and the Solomons --
Plans, preparations, and approach --
The landing --
The Battle of Savo Island --
First days ashore --
The Tenaru --
The Battle of the Eastern Solomons --
Two weeks of sparring --
The Battle of Edson's Ridge --
Reinforcement and reassessment --
Battles on the Matanikau --
The Battle of Cape Esperance --
The "high-speed convoy" --
The battle for Henderson Field --
The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands --
Retreats and advances --
The naval battle of Guadalcanal, part I: the Battle of Friday the Thirteenth --
The naval battle of Guadalcanal, part II: convoy and capital ship actions --
The Battle of Tassafaronga --
The December decision --
The final offensive begins --
The final offensive continues --
Operation "KE" --
Summary and reflections --
Forces arrayed for the landing --
Order of battle of the 17th Army --
Allied naval casualties --
Losses of principal aircraft types --
Index of military units.
Responsibility: Richard B. Frank.

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"The battle at Guadalcanal--which began eight months to the day after Pearl Harbor--marked the first American offensive of World War II. It was a brutal six-month campaign that cost the lives of some 7,000 Americans and over 30,000 Japanese. This volume, ten years in the writing, recounts the full story of the critical campaign for Guadalcanal and is based on first-time translations of official Japanese Defense Agency accounts and recently declassified U.S. radio intelligence, Guadalcanal recreates the battle--on land, at sea, and in the air--as never before: it examines the feelings of both American and Japanese soldiers, the strategies and conflicts of their commanders, and the strengths and weaknesses of various fighting units."--Publisher's description.

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