An important new account of this night time naval battle, which was a severe tactical defeat for the US Navy. The Battle of Tassafaronga took place on the night of November 30, 1942, when the Americans attempted to surprise a far larger Japanese force delivering food to their soldiers on Guadalcanal. Using radar, U.S. warships sank a Japanese destroyer, but the Japanese responded by sinking a U.S. cruiser and damaging three others before making their escape. Crenshaw, a gunnery officer on one of the American destroyers, assesses the tactical U.S. failures of the battle and the discussions that followed about changing tactical doctrine and making technical improvements. But he found it was well into 1943 before the Americans acknowledged the superior capabilities of Japan s torpedoes and their night tactics. Vivid, balanced, and detailed, this account of what happened and Crenshaw s authoritative evaluation of the aftermath offers an important new perspective.