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The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal, 1942: Clash for Supremacy in the Pacific (Campaign) [Paperback]

Mark Stille , Howard Gerrard
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7 May 2013 Campaign
The battle for Guadalcanal that lasted from August 1942 to February 1943 was the first major American counter offensive against the Japanese in the Pacific. The battle of Savo Island on the night of 9 August 1942, saw the Japanese inflict a sever defeat on the Allied force, driving them away from Guadalcanal and leaving the just-landed marines in a perilously exposed position. This was the start of a series of night battles that culminated in the First and Second battles of Guadalcanal, fought on the nights of 13 and 15 November. One further major naval action followed, the battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942, when the US Navy once again suffered a severe defeat, but this time it was too late to alter the course of the battle as the Japanese evacuated Guadalcanal in early February 1943. This title will detail the contrasting fortunes experienced by both sides over the intense course of naval battles around the island throughout the second half of 1942 that did so much to turn the tide in the Pacific.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780961545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780961545
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Another informative and decidedly recommended Osprey title."- Rachel E. Veres, (July 2013)"This edition in Osprey's "Campaign" series is a great read. The description of the battles is superbly done and tells a great series of tales without breaking into the sort of hyperbole that was so common in post-war accounts of these events. When one adds in the superb choice of period photos as well as some great artwork, you have a book that is a real winner. Most highly recommended."- Scott Van Aken, (July 2013)

About the Author

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 30 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific. Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Campaign 69: Nagashino 1575, and Campaign 72: Jutland 1916. Howard lives and works in Kent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended 8 July 2013
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I really enjoyed this book,it is set out in the normal osprey style and is a comprehensive story of the naval battle for Guadalcanal.
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Excellent further publication in this series of historical essays covering Americas efforts to turn the tide of the second world war in the Pacific.Although America was faithful to the agreed"Germany First"policy for the conduct of the war,the ferocity of the Pacific conflict was extreme,and having initially taken a terrible battering at Pearl Harbour,the sea battles of 1942 and the American decision to stop the Japanese advance on Guadalcanal and start to roll them back,was pivotal for the final victory.
Its true to say that from mid 1942,the sheer productive power,and courage of the Americans,guaranteed that the Japanese would be defeated,and the Allies would go on to win the war together,but the horror of the Pacific campaign,because of the Japanese view of how a war should be conducted,made it uniquely awful for all those who had to participate in it. It was also the final nail in the coffin of British Imperialism in the Far East,never again would the Asian peoples bend the knee to the West.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really do like this series of books. 8 Jun 2013
There are many other titles in this series of books from which I frequently learn something vital to my own ongoing research and always find important elements of past conflicts previously unknown to me. In this instance, we have an excellent overview of the naval battles from WW2 with a name which has become synonymous with the Pacific War - i.e. Guadalcanal! As an aside, when I finally finished the work, I was left wondering how many people would recognise the very word `Guadalcanal' as being a pivotal part of that war and yet know nothing whatsoever about what actually happened.

Leaving aside the obligatory Contents, Bibliography and Index, this work contains 90 pages of information in a book measuring 9 x 7 in. (248 x 184 mm) and is not, therefore, a definitive guide by any means - and no such claims are made. My own use of the word `overview' is, therefore, quite accurate. The book scores very well for the reasoned way in which the focus was planned in order to provide an excellent introduction to the overall subject. In other words, if you know nothing whatsoever about the Naval Battles of Guadalcanal in 1942 - this is probably the best place to start.

Author Mark Stille commences with a simple introduction in which he sets the scene by providing the origins of the campaign and the US response. In order to produce a clear understanding of subsequent actions, he then provides a chronological order of events followed by chapters on; Opposing commanders, Opposing fleets and Opposing plans. In short, we have the reason why Guadalcanal happened followed by an appreciation of both sides involved as we approach the next and largest chapter. This is the naval campaign itself where each individual event unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PUT THE BOAT OUT. 28 April 2014
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I bought this for a friend and he absolutely loves it. It covers one of the most important conflicts of the war.
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