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By Joseph Wheelan

A sweeping narrative history--the first in over twenty years--of America's first significant offensive of worldwide warfare II, the brutal, no-quarter-given crusade to take Japanese-occupied Guadalcanal

From early August till mid-November of 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots struggled for dominance opposed to an implacable enemy: eastern infantrymen, inculcated with the bushido tradition of dying ahead of dishonor, avatars of bayonet combat--close-up, own, and ugly. The glittering prize was once Henderson Airfield. jap planners knew that in the event that they neutralized the airfield, the conflict used to be gained. So did the Marines who stubbornly defended it.

The final result of the lengthy slugfest remained doubtful less than the strain of repeated jap air, land, and sea operations. And losses have been heavy. At sea, in a half-dozen fiery combats, the united states military fought the Imperial jap army to a draw, yet at a value of greater than 4,500 sailors. extra American sailors died in those battles off Guadalcanal than in all prior US wars, and every aspect misplaced 24 warships. On land, greater than 1,500 squaddies and Marines died, and the air warfare claimed greater than 500 US planes. Japan's losses at the island have been both devastating--starving jap infantrymen referred to as it "the island of death."

But whilst the attritional fight ended, American Marines, sailors, and airmen had halted the japanese juggernaut that for 5 years had whirled via Asia and the Pacific. Guadalcanal used to be America's first significant floor victory opposed to Japan and, most significantly, the Pacific War's turning point.

Published at the seventy fifth anniversary of the conflict and using brilliant money owed written through the opponents at Guadalcanal, in addition to Marine Corps and armed forces documents and oral histories, Midnight within the Pacific is either a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of person Marines, infantrymen, and sailors stuck within the crosshairs of history.

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