Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle

Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle

by Richard B. Frank


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ISBN-13: 9780140165616
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 840
Sales rank: 171,669
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard B. Frank was born in Kansas in 1947. He served for almost four years in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam as an aerorifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. He is the author of Guadalcanal.

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Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Whiskey3pa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book about the period of the war where the situation was fairly balanced.
Miro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Military histories can be well written and informative but they're often out of balance. Richard Frank states at the outset that he will include everything of relevance so he looks at American and Japanese sources, tracing the battle from both sides. He covers the ground, sea and air actions, equipment performance, training, tactics, strategy, supply, the political context and psychology (the beliefs true and otherwise of participants about themselves and their opponents).The picture that emerges is of Japanese dominance at sea(better training), rough equality in the air and American dominance on the ground. Interesting points are the full use by the Japanese of their effective "Long Lance" torpedoes from ships and aircraft while the Americans virtually throw away their great advantage in radar. The Japanese leadership high and low place too much faith in the "quality of the Japanese soldier" leading to the bizarre idea that he can fight almost without food (!), undertake 20 mile marches through impenetrable jungle and make successful bayonet charges against machine guns. They just can't believe that they can be defeated by Americans and a general hubris leads them to send too few units, do poor intelligence work and not press their advantage when they could have won the battle in it's early stages. Somehow the Japanese also missed the point that it was only necessary to shut down Henderson airfield, something they could have done fairly easily by gaining and holding firing positions without trying to occupy the whole island.On the American side there was a deep lack of experience especially on the naval side, but superior supply and some occasional fine leadership (e.g. Vandegrift of the marines)let them stabilize the situation and eventually win.
VMI2009 More than 1 year ago
Ive read many books about the campaign, ranging from the timeless Guadalcanal Diary to Samuel Elliot Morison's "Struggle for Guadalcanal". However, no other account fuses all aspects of the campaign; land, sea, and air, into a more comprehensive narrative than Frank. A true testament to the brave marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen that sacrificed it all on the 'Canal.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding portrait of hurry up and get it done. Lack of logistics and naval battle experience could have ruined the day. My Dad was on 'the canal' and told me stories of the 'washing machine charlie' and the unending bombardments. I wish he were alive today to read this great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
An unbiased, objective and detailed account of the land, sea, and air events associated with Guadalcanal.