Battalion of the Damned: The 1st Marine Paratroopers at Gavutu and Bloody Ridge 1942

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591141143
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,004,237
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     xi
Preface     xiii
August 1941     1
Crossing the Pacific     12
Operation Shoestring     38
H-Hour, Gavutu     54
Gaining the Upper Hand     93
Tanambogo     119
Secured     142
Tulagi     150
Guadalcanal     180
Tasimboko     186
Lunga Ridge     192
12 September     202
13 September     209
Bloody Ridge     219
Alamo     239
14 September     277
Rest and Recovery     291
Epilogue     294
Notes     303
Bibliography     309
Index     311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

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    Admitedly, during the first, almost boring 20 pages or so I almost put this book down several times. My first encounter with his unique writing style regarding the combat - reads like a novel-really set me back. However, to my surprise, I was quickly pulled into some of the most compelling combat narrative I have ever read. The narrative is built on the actual experiences of those who took part 'over 200 surviving Marines and dozens of Navy corpsman were interviewed'. Each person's experience during any part of the action- usually no more than a few sentences or a paragraph- is woven masterfully and carefully into the whole to create a magnificient, emotional and thrilling tapestry that gives the reader a small hint of what it must have been to survive the Hell of Gavutu and Blood Ridge at Guadalcanal. Easily the best military combat narrative ever written. Not easy to put down. Strangely enough, it seems Mr. Christ has no actual military experience. But it doesn't matter, he lets the men who experienced the battle do the talking. Destined to be a classic. An emotional roller coaster ride that leaves the reader almost sweating.

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