Pacific Turning Point

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Koburger argues that the many battles that constituted the campaign for the Solomons were the key to victory in the Pacific for the U.S. Navy—not the battle of the Coral Sea or the Battle of Midway. Segments of the campaign—Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville—have been written about extensively. But never before has the entire campaign been put together so lucidly and interpreted so well. The descriptions of the naval battles make for compelling reading. Even in World War II, Koburger argues, the important naval struggles took place in the narrow seas.

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Argues that the earlier campaign to capture the Solomon Islands, August 1942 to December 1943, was the real turning point of the Pacific war, rather than the more celebrated battles of the Coral Sea or Midway. Narrates the events, pointing out the strategies and tactics implicit in them, and generalizes lessons from them to argue for more amphibious power in today's Navy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275952365
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Pages: 188
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES W. KOBURGER, JR., retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve with the rank of Captain after 20 years of active duty. He is now an independent consultant in maritime affairs specializing in Coast Guard-related tasks. He has been published many times on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been translated into French.

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Table of Contents

1 Prologue 1
2 Collision Course 13
3 The Southern Solomons 23
4 Tokyo Reacts 35
5 Control of the Sea 51
6 Guadalcanal Ends 67
7 The Central Solomons - New Georgia 79
8 The By-Pass Strategy Arrives - Vella Lavella 93
9 The Northern Solomons - Bougainville 103
10 Conclusion 115
Appendix A: Ships and Craft 127
Appendix B: Equipment 131
Appendix C: Personalities 135
Appendix D: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Code Words 137
Bibliography 141
Index 145
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