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A Time of War: Remembering Guadalcanal, A Battle Without Maps

A Time of War: Remembering Guadalcanal, A Battle Without Maps (Hardback)

By Whyte, William H.
Introduction by Bradford, James C.

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The corporate and urban jungles of late-twentieth-century America were far from those of Guadalcanal that provided a sort of coming of age for Whyte. Following Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia, Whyte reported to the First Marine Division at New River, North Carolina..., in 1942. While leaders in Washington discussed Pacific War strategy, word arrived that the Japanese had begun construction of an airfield near Lunga Point on Guadalcanal. Fearing establishment of the base might presage a thrust southeastward that would sever the line of communications between the United States and Australia, the Joint Chiefs of Staff authorized Operation Watchtower, the seizure of Guadalcanal and Tulagi by the First Marine Division. On the last day of July, 1942, the First Division set sail for Guadalcanal. Whyte had only an inkling of what was in store for the Marines when they landed on the north coast of Guadalcanal seven days later. Planning for the campaign had been rudimentary at best. When the First Marines splashed ashore without opposition from the Japanese, they thought it would be easy to seize their first objective, Mount Austen. They soon learned the inadequacy of their maps when that objective proved to be several miles inland through eight-foot-tall kunai grass that trapped the heat and made even walking difficult. What quickly developed was the first real test of land combat between the United States and Japan. The goal was to seize a partially constructed Japanese airfield on Guadalcanal before the Japanese could make it operational, an objective quickly achieved. Unfortunately, the capture of the airfield simply marked the beginning of what would develop into theMarines' longest campaign in World War II. The battle for control of Guadalcanal and what Americans learned from it forms the heart of William H. Whyte's memoir, published here for the first time.
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ISBN 9780823220076
Released NZ 1 Jan 2000
Publisher Inbooks
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780823220076
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint Fordham University Press
Released 1 Jan 2000
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Whyte, William H.
Introduction by Bradford, James C.
Category Biography & Autobiography
World History: Second World War
European History
American History
Military History
Land Forces & Warfare
War & Defence Operations
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 145
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 19mm
Dewey Code 940.548173
Weight 431g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress United States, Marines - United States, Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943, Whyte, William Hollingsworth, Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly