The Battle of Savo

The Battle of Savo

by Stanley E. Smith

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Night of Confusion…

Down the “Slot”—that fabled channel between chains of islands in the Solomon group—steamed the task force of Admiral Gunichi Mikawa, Japanese Imperial Navy.

His target: the Allied cruiser group gathered off Savo Island, near Guadalcanal.

Three thousand Japanese guns were pointed at the destroyer Blue, on interception duty at the head of the Allied column. But no one aboard Blue noticed the enemy force churning past—so Blue roused no enemy fire.

Not so lucky were the cruisers Quincy, Vincennes, Canberra and Astoria. This exciting factual book details the incredible confusion and horror that made the Battle of Savo a low point in American naval history.

An American Naval Tragedy

So shocking was the defeat of American naval forces by the Japanese in Savo Sound, that the American public could not accept the true story until ten years afterward.

On Guadalcanal, Marines were moving up the rugged Tenaru River country, ranging for battle and depending on the Navy for cover.

On board the flagship McCawley, Admiral Turner was begging for carrier-based air support that never came.

On the flag bridge of his heavy cruiser, Chokai, Admiral Gunichi Mikawa signalled the torpedo fire that opened “The Battle of Savo”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787205970
Publisher: Eschenburg Press
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

STAN SMITH was a member of the Navy League who served in patrol craft, the battleship USS Arkansas, and the submarine Lionfish during World War II. He was wounded in a surface battle off Korea when his submarine attempted to sink an enemy vessel by shell fire.

Besides writing many magazine stories and articles, he wrote a regular column for the New York Daily News and television documentaries whilst being a staff member of NBC News. He also wrote for television and movies.

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