Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of by Robert Leckie

By Robert Leckie

From Robert Leckie, the area warfare II veteran and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling writer of <i>Helmet for My Pillow, </i>whose stories have been featured within the HBO miniseries <i>The Pacific</i>, comes this shiny narrative of the mind-blowing six-month crusade for Guadalcanal.
From the japanese soldiers’ conscientiously calculated—and finally foiled—attempt to construct a chain of impregnable island forts at the floor to the tireless efforts of the american citizens who struggled opposed to a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the pain, and the warmth of twenty-four-hour-a-day scuffling with on Guadalcanal. warring parties from either side are dropped at existence: normal Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike strength; Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval normal whose cutting edge process was once established; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to discover the enemy’s plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with mind-blowing ease.

Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was once really the turning element of the warfare. Challenge for the Pacific is an remarkable, authoritative account of this nice struggle that forever changed our global.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY Breyer, Siegfried, and Koop, Gerhard, The German Navy at War, Vol 1, Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, 1989 Gröner, Erich, Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815–1945, Bernhard & Graefe Munich, 1982 Koop, Gerhard, and Schmolke, Klaus-Peter, Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper Class, Greenhill Books, London, 2001 Whitley, Michael, German Cruisers of World War 2, London, 1985 43 COLOUR PLATE COMMENTARY A: ADMIRAL HIPPER 1 Admiral Hipper as first completed. She has the early straight stem, with her heraldic crest mounted on the stem itself, though this was later moved to the side of the bows.

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