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The Resource Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan

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

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Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
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Midnight in the Pacific
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Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
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Joseph Wheelan
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Guadalcanal
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the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
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eng
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A new history of the significant World War II battle in the Pacific, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary.The battle of Guadalcanal, which lasted from August 1942 to February 1943, has produced a torrent of histories, many by the participants, but first-time readers will have no complaints about this straightforward account by journalist and historian Wheelan (Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War, 2015 etc.). Despite the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Allied leaders agreed that fighting Hitler took priority. Only fleet commander Ernest King disagreed, and when the Japanese began building an airfield on the obscure island of Guadalcanal, his warning that this might enable Japan to sever sea lanes to Australia persuaded American military leaders to take action. A hastily assembled Marine force under Gen. Alexander Vandegrift landed on the island, which contained mostly construction workers who fled. Underestimating the number and fighting quality of the Marines, the Japanese landed small and then increasingly large forces, but their banzai charges, which proved to be successful against poorly trained troops in China, did not work against the Marines—although several bloody assaults almost succeeded. Over the next months, the American Navy grew increasingly aggressive, more planes and reinforcements arrived, and the American position became impregnable. In November 1942, Vandegrift took the offensive; in February, the Japanese abandoned the island and began their long retreat. Wheelan rightly concludes, "after squandering opportunities to land large numbers of reinforcements in August and September—when Japan enjoyed air and naval superiority—the Japanese attempted to make up for it in October and November. It was too late; by then American air and naval forces had become too formidable." Current-day readers, accustomed to an era of perpetual war with no end in sight, will find this expert, nuts-and-bolts history of a famous victory thoroughly satisfying.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2017)
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Wheelan, Joseph
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940.54/265933
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • HISTORY / Military / World War II
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Guadalcanal: the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
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Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-342) and index
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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
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ocn965806191
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24 cm
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xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780306824593
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rdamedia
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illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)965806191
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Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-342) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
ocn965806191
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780306824593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)965806191

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