Challenge for the Pacific: The Bloody Six-month Battle of Guadalcanal

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Da Capo Press, 1965 - History - 372 pages
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In August 1942, after suffering a series of humiliating defeats, inflicted by a nation not much bigger than California, the Allies seized the initiative in their first offensive of the Pacific War. Nicknamed "Operation Shoestring", this unprecedented joint-services campaign involved brutal ground fighting, air combat, and naval clashes, including two carrier battles. For six months Allied and Japanese forces fought night and day in a ferocious struggle for possession of a tiny ramshackle airfield in the middle of the malarial, pest-ridden jungle of a little-known island called Guadalcanal.

Robert Leckie, a decorated machine-gunner and scout with the First Marine Division, fought on Guadalcanal. His own experiences as well as those of other combatants -- both Allied and Japanese -- add immeasurably to the impact of this sweeping narrative. Leckie describes how the exceptional tenacity and courage of ordinary men transformed a campaign of uncertain outcome into one of the most decisive Allied victories of the war, a military triumph that, against formidable odds, decimated Japan's navy and air force, forever shattering her grand strategy and the myth of Japanese invincibility.

  

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Contents

PREFACE
vii
THE CHALLENGE
1
ALONE
69
AT BAY
151
CRISIS
209
CRUX
297
NOTES
344
BIBLIOGRAPHY
354
INDEX
359
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About the author (1965)

Robert Leckie's many books include Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950–1953,Okinawa, George Washington’s War, From Sea to Shining Sea, None Died in Vain and Delivered from Evil. He lives in Andover, New Jersey.

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