Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II - Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Hardback)William H. Bartsch (author)
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The Japanese Army countered by sending to Guadalcanal a reinforced battalion under the command of Col. Kiyonao Ichiki. The attack that followed would prove to be the first of four attempts by the Japanese over six months to retake the airfield, resulting in some of the most vicious fighting of the Pacific War.
During one such battle on the night of August 20-21, 1942, Marines wiped out Ichiki's men, who-imbued with "victory fever"-had expected a quick and easy victory.
William H. Bartsch draws on correspondence, interviews, diaries, memoirs, and official war records, including those translated from Japanese sources, to offer an intensely human narrative of the failed attempt to recapture Guadalcanal's vital airfield.
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
"As a battle study, this book stands head and shoulders above most works of its type. The author has woven together a narrative that I can only describe as peerless. It's a compelling story. The fact this is real, and not a novel, lends even more weight to the story. Whether you're a professional historian, or a World War II fan, you'll find this to be an essential book on the Pacific War. -- WWII Gyrene-- (12/20/2014)
"Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II is a book predestined for the top ranks of all military titles written during the past decade. Bartsch describes the struggle in a scholarly, yet easy-to-read narrative form, allowing us to feel as if we were also engaged in combat. His writing is a tribute and reminder of what the island 'hell hole' was all about."--Leatherneck Magazine, January 2015-- (01/01/2015)
"William Bartsch has made a caluable contribution to our understanding of the Guadalcanal campaign." -- Michigan War Studies Review, February 2016--Michigan War Studies Review (02/09/2016)
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