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Guadalcanal: Starvation Island

Hammel, Eric M.

Verlag: Pacifica Press (CA), 1987
ISBN 10: 0935553045 / ISBN 13: 9780935553048
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Titel: Guadalcanal: Starvation Island

Verlag: Pacifica Press (CA)

Erscheinungsdatum: 1987

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A JOHN GRESHAM MILITARY LIBRARY SELECTION A MASTERLY ACCOUNT OF AMERICA'S FIRST OFFENSIVE IN THE PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II When the Marines' campaign to wrest the remote Southwest Pacific island of Guadalcanal from the Japanese began in August 1942, few knew how to conduct it--and no one expected it to last six months. Hammel collects the stories of more than 100 participants on both sides to brilliantly tell one of the most bitter campaigns of World War II in the Pacific. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0935553045

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Inhaltsangabe: Guadalcanal
Starvation Island
Eric Hammel

The Japanese defeats at Midway and Guadalcanal decided the outcome of the Pacific War. Guadalcanal was the classic three-dimensional campaign. On land, at sea, and in the air, fierce battles were fought with both sides stretching their supplies and equipment to the breaking point. The campaign lasted six months, involved nearly one million men, and stopped Japanese expansion in the Pacific.

When the campaign began on August 7, 1942, no one on either side quite knew how to conduct it, as Eric Hammel shows in this masterly account. Guadalcanal: Starvation hand corrects numerous errors and omissions in the official records that have been perpetuated in all the books previously published about the campaign. Hammel also draws on the recollections of more than 100 participants on both sides, especially the enlisted men at the sharp end. Their words bring us into the heart of the battle and portray the fighting accurately, realistically, and very powerfully.

Guadalcanal: Starvation Island follows the men and the commanders of this decisive World War II campaign in an integrated, brilliantly told narrative of the desperate struggle at sea, on land, and in the air.


Praise for Guadalcanal: Starvation Island and Eric Hammel

?A comprehensive history of the Guadalcanal Campaign . . . [and] a well-balanced account. Well written and fast moving.? ?Marine Corps Gazette

?Hammel has written the most comprehensive popular ac-count to date . . . and exposes controversial aspects often passed over,? ?Publishers Weekly

?Hammel takes the reader behind the scenes and details how decisions were made . . . and how they impacted on the troops carrying them out. He tells the story in a very human way.? ?Leatherneck Magazine

?A splendid record of this decisive campaign. Hammel offers a wealth of fresh material drawn from archival records and the recollections of 100-odd surviving participants. . . . A praise-worthy contribution to Guadalcanal lore.? ?Kirkus Reviews

?Hammel?s ability to reveal both the immediacy and the hu-manity of war without judgment or bias makes all his books both readable and scholarly. ?San Francisco Chronicle

?Hammel does not write dry history. His battle sequences are masterfully portrayed. ?Library Journal

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