Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War

Midnight in the Pacific Guadalcanal The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War The first U S offensive of World War II began with no fanfare early August But before it ended six months later with the first U S land victory Guadalcanal was a household name There marine

  • Title: Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War
  • Author: Joseph Wheelan
  • ISBN: 9780306824593
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War

    The first U.S offensive of World War II began with no fanfare early August 7, 1942 But, before it ended six months later with the first U.S land victory, Guadalcanal was a household name There, marines faced bloody banzai attacks in the stifling malarial jungles while the U.S sailors and pilots battled Japanese air and sea armadas day and night The all in battles conThe first U.S offensive of World War II began with no fanfare early August 7, 1942 But, before it ended six months later with the first U.S land victory, Guadalcanal was a household name There, marines faced bloody banzai attacks in the stifling malarial jungles while the U.S sailors and pilots battled Japanese air and sea armadas day and night The all in battles consumed thousands of men, hundreds of planes, and dozens of warships and stopped the Japanese Juggernaut Guadalcanal was the Pacific War s turning point.Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual Marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the cross hairs of history.

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    1. WW2 Reads

      On the evening of August 9th, 1942 in the words of Lieutenant Merillat “As the sun set behind the mountains no friendly ships hovered offshore and no friendly planes patrolled the skies. We were on our own.”After dropping off Marines on Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu, the United States Navy suffered one of it’s greatest defeats of the Second World War at Savo Island, resulting in the abandonment of the Marines at the beginning of their campaign to capture Guadalcanal. The primary target fo [...]

    2. Urey Patrick

      Guadalcanal was more than a battle, it was a campaign - hastily conceived, planned and initiated all in six weeks. It was similar in nature and significance to Stalingrad as Stalingrad marked the turning of the tide for the Germany, so did Guadalcanal mark the end of Japan's dominance and conquest. It was a near thing for months - the campaign lasted seven months from August 1942 into February 1943. Control of the seas around Guadalcanal changed every 12 hours. Epic naval battles - daily air bat [...]

    3. David Hill

      This is an excellent single volume history of the battle for Guadalcanal. It covers the ground, air, and naval battles from the beginning of Japanese construction of the airfield that would later be called Henderson Field to the evacuation of Japanese troops. The narrative is naturally focused more on the American side as there are very few sources available for the Japanese viewpoint.The battle for Guadalcanal was the Pacific war in microcosm. It was the last time Japanese forces were on the of [...]

    4. Rick

      Joseph Wheelan tries to do a job of educating a new generation about the Battle of Guadalcanal but comes up short. i think the worst failing of this is to provide too much data and not a smooth transference from one story to the next. Just as we seem to be rising to an epic history of what happened on such and such a date we're transferred over to another event. For example he uses the chronological format in such a way as to dilute the story. The Battle of Savo island is, unto itself, an amazin [...]

    5. David Lubin

      This is a well researched and well presented account of the historic battles fought on the island of Guadalcanal in late 1942. This battle was extremely important as it turned the tide of the Japanese conquest of the Pacific and put them on the defensive for the next three years. Along with Stalingrad and El Alamein, these significant turning points occurring as they did within weeks of each other, begat the ultimate victories of the Allied forces.Wheelan does an excellent job of presenting the [...]

    6. Don

      My father served in the United States Marine Corps during World War 2 and fought in the first offensive battle by the US during the war, the battle for the island of Guadalcanal. He was seriously wounded there and evacuated back to the states where he spent a year in a naval hospital. As a result, I have read many of the books about this battle. This book was particularly interesting because the author described the battle from the perspective of both the allied forces and the Japanese, drawing [...]

    7. Steve

      With the 75th Anniversary coming up of the Battle of Guadalcanal, This is one of the best books I have read about the battle. It was one of the largest naval operations and one of the battles in the Pacific that suffered many casualties. From early August through November 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots fought against an inform able enemy who believed that they would rather face death than surrender. The Japanese called this bushido. More American sailors died in the battle of Guadalcanal [...]

    8. Don

      I thought I would read this book because it is currently the 75th anniversary of this important battle that ended any hopes of Japan succeeding in World War 2.Written for general audiences with just the right amount of details to cover the six months of the campaign.Unlike later battles between the Americans and the Japanese, this engagement could have easily resulted in an American defeat. The two sides were equally matched for the first couple of months. The Japanese were doomed to lose becaus [...]

    9. Michele Weiner

      Books about battles can be dry. These guys moved here, and those guys set up over there, etc. But this one brought Guadalcanal alive. The story was told from the point of view of the Japanese on the ground, the high command, the American Marines, the special forces, the pilots who saved the day, the Navy who let the land/air troops down. I have a special interest; my father was in the First Marines and hit the beach with them at Guadalcanal, New Britain and Pelelieu before the Marines finally ag [...]

    10. Monical

      Rather dry history of the battle at Guadalcanal. I think the book would have been more interesting with an introduction on how the war had progressed to the point of the battle, but the author is satisfied with just a few asides on the developing history. The author puts the typical emphasis on the generals with just a little insight into the ground troops-- though gives credit to some terrific commanders, like "Chesty" Puller, who commanded at the front, in the front. A real contrast to action [...]

    11. Charles Inglin

      I think the first book I read on the battle for Guadalcanal was Richard Tregaskis' "Guadalcanal Diary," in high school in the 1960's. I've read more about it over the years, so I was pleasantly surprised when the author recounted a well known story in a fresh, entertaining and informative style. His descriptions, aided by some good maps, gives a good understanding of the topography of the battle, something military histories often fail at. His narrative contains enough detail to give picture of [...]

    12. Art King

      My father landed on Guadalcanal with the US Army Americal Division's 21'st Evacuation Hospital on October 3, 1943. There were so many days when the fate of all the Americans on the island hung by a thread. I found I couldn't put the book down. Literally, my life seemed to hang the balance. If the Japanese had prevailed on Guadalcanal, I most likely wouldn't exist.This is a sweeping narrative and compelling drama of this WWII turning point. It was the first land defeat for the Japanese in a thous [...]

    13. Monte Lamb

      This is a very good book that covers the information with enough detail to get a good grasp of the situation and fighting on Guadalcanal. For the true military junkie who wants all the details down to the squad level or minute-by-minute updates, this book might not be enough. There are plenty of other books that covers different parts of the months long battle that are available, but this is a good over view and allows the reader to understand the important features of the fighting and how the t [...]

    14. Peter L

      Midnight Relates the Epic but Almost Forgotten Battle of Guadalcanal The battle for Guadalcanal & the surrounding sea was arguably the most important battle of WW2 in the Pacific,for if lost then there never would have been bloody invasions of other Japanese controlled islands. Midnight covers all the different encounters both on land and sea. Almost every important individual on both sides is mentioned by name & deed. Well worth reading, especially readable for those interested in that [...]

    15. Dennis Murphy

      A well told story about the land, sea and air battles at Guadalcanal, a stunning reversal of fortune for the Japanese empire in the Pacific War. The conditions endured by American and Japanese ground troops is appalling. The willingness of both side to commit and sacrifice ships is also difficult to understand. Both sides committed vast resources to the fight with the Japanese suffering irreplaceable losses especially to their air forces.

    16. Fred Lombardo

      I thoroughly enjoyed the details of this book. An honest portrayal, as much as possible, of the triumphs and failures on both sides of the campaign. Sometimes inspiring and sometimes maddening when you read the account and marvel at the ineptitude of the commanders, again on both sides. Overall, an excellent historical book.

    17. Sherman

      This is probably the best history of the fighting on and around Guadalcanal that I've read. For example it addresses all the naval actions that affected the island, not just those in Iron Bottom Sound and the Slot. It also adds insights from lesser known (or unknown) participants to give a more rounded view of what went on there, from the Japanese side as well as the US.

    18. Jane Thompson

      World War II StoryThis is one of the best combat stories I have read, and definitely the best book about Guadalcanal. I learned about the fatal flaw in Japanese thinking and about the inexperience of the US forces. It teaches the reader about the Pacific War.

    19. Warren Cross

      It is frightening to see how close things were there. There were so many mistakes, luckily on the Japanese side as well.

    20. Hud (Bob) Huddleston

      Well written. Yes, sort of a Cliff notes version of all the battles, but well told and easy to read. Like how both sides were covered.

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