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Guadalcanal: The Island of Death

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Could impress Richard B. Frank

    This is a fairly accurate and concise presentation of the campaign for Guadalcanal. It seems well researched as to narration and film footage, but.... A major error in the writing brought out in the narration is the statement that the Enterprise and Yorktown were involved in the Battle of the Coral Sea--it was the Lexington and Yorktown. The film footage was a combination of "stock" footage from the Pacific Theater of WW II and some footage that, I must say, I've never seen before. On the down side as far as film footage is concerned, the use of footage from "Sands of Iwo Jima" turned me off. There MUST be combat footage that could have been used instead of Hollywood film footage. There was, also, repetition of scenes a minimum of two or three times to visualize the narration.
    Overall, though, I would have to say that it is possible that the author/historian Richard B. Frank, who wrote THE definitive book about the Guadalcanal campaign, would be impressed by, at least, the visual presentatio if not the narrative as it was written.

    Even though I may give some serious criticism of the writting and video, which could definitely have been better, on the whole this DVD set is a must have for mavens, afficianados, students and others interested in the Pacific Theater of WW II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    I found it to be a comprehensive telling of the Guadalcanal story. The inclusion of the naval engagements in chronological sequence with the land and air battles really made the viewer understand the value that was put on the island by both American and Japanese forces. It showed the learning curve that American naval officers had to achieve in order to take advantage of a new technology called "radar". The Americans had radar on some ships but really hadn't fully mastered its possibilities at Guadalcanal; and some commanders simply didn't trust it. That's why the body of water next to Guadalcanal was dubbed "Iron Bottom Sound".

    Overall, well done and worth the investnebt.

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