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Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war / Joseph Wheelan.

Wheelan, Joseph, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

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Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Eastern Branch 940.54 WHE (Text) 36804000254485 NONFIC Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 940.5426 WHEELAN (Text) 33946003263501 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780306824593
  • ISBN: 0306824590
  • Physical Description: xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-342) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: August part I: Marine invasion and naval disaster -- August part II: Japan strikes back: Tojo time and Alligator Creek -- September: "Let George do it" -- October: Plan X showdown -- November: Halsey's Navy triumphs -- December: the Army takes charge -- January-February: Operation KE and US victory.
Summary, etc.: From early August until mid-November of 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots struggled for dominance against an implacable enemy: Japanese soldiers, inculcated with the bushido tradition of death before dishonor, avatars of bayonet combat--close-up, personal, and gruesome. The glittering prize was Henderson Airfield. Japanese planners knew that if they neutralized the airfield, the battle was won. So did the Marines who stubbornly defended it. The outcome of the long slugfest remained in doubt under the pressure of repeated Japanese air, land, and sea operations. And losses were heavy. At sea, in a half-dozen fiery combats, the US Navy fought the Imperial Japanese Navy to a draw, but at a cost of more than 4,500 sailors. More American sailors died in these battles off Guadalcanal than in all previous US wars, and each side lost 24 warships. On land, more than 1,500 soldiers and Marines died, and the air war claimed more than 500 US planes. Japan's losses on the island were equally devastating--starving Japanese soldiers called it "the island of death." But when the attritional struggle ended, American Marines, sailors, and airmen had halted the Japanese juggernaut that for five years had whirled through Asia and the Pacific. Guadalcanal was America's first major ground victory against Japan and, most importantly, the Pacific War's turning point. Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with Marine Corps and Army archives and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual Marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history.
Subject: Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Pacific Area.
HISTORY > Military > World War II.

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