Guadalcanal 1942 : The Marines Strike Back

Overview

Osprey's examination of the first American amphibious assault of World War II (1939-1945). On what was a virtually unheard of Pacific island, the United States shattered the myth of Japanese invincibility, as the US Marines and Army halted the apparently irresistible Japanese advance in its tracks. Over 30,000 American and Japanese casualties were suffered in five months of bitter fighting. From the ranks of the units that contested this campaign a seasoned fighting force of US veterans was created that ...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of the first American amphibious assault of World War II (1939-1945). On what was a virtually unheard of Pacific island, the United States shattered the myth of Japanese invincibility, as the US Marines and Army halted the apparently irresistible Japanese advance in its tracks. Over 30,000 American and Japanese casualties were suffered in five months of bitter fighting. From the ranks of the units that contested this campaign a seasoned fighting force of US veterans was created that would, island by island, sweep the Japanese back across the Pacific.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855322530
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 713,109
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph N. Mueller is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC Reserve and the foremost expert on the Guadalcanal campaign. He has had several articles and books published on the subject, and maintains a massive collection of photos, written material and equipment relevant to the battle. In recent years he has made several trips to Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands to study the battlefield at first hand.
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Table of Contents

The Origins of the Campaign 7
The Opposing Plans 8
The Japanese Plan 8
The American Plan 9
The Opposing Commanders 13
The Japanese Commanders 13
The American Commanders 13
The Opposing Forces 17
The Japanese Forces 17
The American Forces 18
The Landings 23
Tulagi 24
Gavutu and Tanambogo 27
Guadalcanal 29
August 34
The Battle of Savo Island 34
The First Week 36
The Goettge Patrol 37
The Brush Patrol 38
The First Battle of the Matanikau 41
The Battle of the Tenaru 43
The Battle of the Eastern Solomons 49
The Second Battle of the Matanikau 50
September 51
The Tasimboko Raid 51
The Battle of 'Bloody Ridge' 53
September Matanikau Action 60
October 63
October Matanikau Action 63
The Japanese Counter-Offensive 65
The Battle of Cape Esperance 65
The Battle for Henderson Field 65
The Battle for Santa Cruz 72
November 73
The Naval Battle for Guadalcanal 73
November Matanikau Action 74
Action at Koli Point 77
The Aola Operation 77
The Second Naval Battle for Guadalcanal 78
The Battle of Tassafaronga 78
The Army Takes Over 80
The January Offensive 81
Reduction of the Gifu 84
The Final Phase 86
The Final Push 86
Epilogue 89
The Battlefield Today 90
Chronology 91
A Guide to Further Reading 93
Index 94
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