Coverart for item
The Resource Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan

Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan

Label
Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
Title
Midnight in the Pacific
Title remainder
Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Wheelan
Title variation
Guadalcanal
Title variation remainder
the World War II battle that turned the tide of war
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From early August until mid-November of 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots struggled for dominance against an implacable enemy: Japanese soldiers, inculcated with the bushido tradition of death before dishonor, avatars of bayonet combat--close-up, personal, and gruesome. The glittering prize was Henderson Airfield. Japanese planners knew that if they neutralized the airfield, the battle was won. So did the Marines who stubbornly defended it. The outcome of the long slugfest remained in doubt under the pressure of repeated Japanese air, land, and sea operations. And losses were heavy. At sea, in a half-dozen fiery combats, the US Navy fought the Imperial Japanese Navy to a draw, but at a cost of more than 4,500 sailors. More American sailors died in these battles off Guadalcanal than in all previous US wars, and each side lost 24 warships. On land, more than 1,500 soldiers and Marines died, and the air war claimed more than 500 US planes. Japan's losses on the island were equally devastating--starving Japanese soldiers called it "the island of death." But when the attritional struggle ended, American Marines, sailors, and airmen had halted the Japanese juggernaut that for five years had whirled through Asia and the Pacific. Guadalcanal was America's first major ground victory against Japan and, most importantly, the Pacific War's turning point. Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with Marine Corps and Army archives and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual Marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
940.54/265933
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D767.98
LC item number
.W43 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-342) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
August part I: Marine invasion and naval disaster -- August part II: Japan strikes back: Tojo time and Alligator Creek -- September: "Let George do it" -- October: Plan X showdown -- November: Halsey's Navy triumphs -- December: the Army takes charge -- January-February: Operation KE and US victory
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780306824593
Lccn
2017285199
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
  • ocn965806191
  • (OCoLC)965806191
Label
Midnight in the Pacific : Guadalcanal : the World War II battle that turned the tide of war, Joseph Wheelan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-342) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
August part I: Marine invasion and naval disaster -- August part II: Japan strikes back: Tojo time and Alligator Creek -- September: "Let George do it" -- October: Plan X showdown -- November: Halsey's Navy triumphs -- December: the Army takes charge -- January-February: Operation KE and US victory
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780306824593
Lccn
2017285199
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
  • ocn965806191
  • (OCoLC)965806191

Library Locations

Processing Feedback ...