Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II - Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Hardback)
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Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II - Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 30/12/2014
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Following their rampage through Southeast Asia and the Pacific in the five months after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces moved into the Solomon Islands, intending to cut off the critical American supply line to Australia. But when they began to construct an airfield on Guadalcanal in July 1942, the Americans captured the almost completed airfield for their own strategic use.

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
ISBN: 9781623491840
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"William H. Bartsch--author of excellent books about air operations in the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies during the opening months of the war in the Pacific--takes readers back to the level of small units and individuals in the jungle of Guadalcanal. The result is a book with the same visceral, foxhole appeal of the Tregaskis classic, plus undisputed academic credentials that come from more than a decade of careful research in little-known resources on both sides of the Pacific, including interviews, diaries, letters, memoirs, and manuscripts by veterans--most of them sadly departed by now. Bartsch displays considerable skill in writing this thorough and seamless history of the human side of the battle. Overall, there's almost nothing to complain about in Victory Fever on Guadalcanal. Bartsch has written an appealing, exciting account of the Battle of the Tenaru, and his book emerges as one of the best WWII volumes of the year. Highly recommended."--Stone & Stone, Second World War Books, Winter 2014-- (12/15/2014)
"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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