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Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal.

Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory.

Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regaining dominance in the Pacific.

©2018 Jeffrey R. Cox (P)2018 Tantor

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Japanese ship names are distracting



The story of what happened in the Guadacanal-Solomans compaign is fascinating , informative and full of things I didn't know.However the endless litany of
Japanese ship names was distracting. An American ship name like the Lexington,Hornet or Enterprise has meaning other then the ship name.The same is true of the Japanese ship names but unless you speak Japanese the names are just so much background noise distracting from the story itself.I want to hear what happened not 10 Japanese ship names and then what happened.































































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