The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943 (Book published October 1

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Author  William L. McGee
Publisher  BMC Publications
Publication Date   October 1, 2002
ISBN  0970167873
Pages  688

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WINNER OF THE MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA 2018 SILVER MEDAL AWARD FOR HISTORY! 


"Enough gripping drama, heroism, and heartbreak in McGee's almost encyclopedic 'The Solomons Campaigns' to supply Hollywood with material for a century."
- Marine Corps League Magazine

In Volume II of award-winning World War II military historian William L. McGee's acclaimed three-volume Pacific war series, the author covers all the Solomons Campaigns...from Guadalcanal to Bougainville...the major turning point in the Pacific war.
 
Part I, THE SOUTHERN SOLOMONS covers the bloody six-month struggle for Guadalcanal. The relationship between ground fighting, naval warfare and air combat is described in considerable detail as first one side and then the other gains the advantage. Seven major naval engagements are recounted including America's severe defeat at Savo Island and decisive victory in the three-day Naval Battle of Guadalcanal--another notable turning point.

Part II, THE CENTRAL SOLOMONS chronicles the amphibious operations in the New Georgia Islands group including the five separate landings at Rendova, Segi Point, Viru Harbor, Wickham Anchorage, and Rice Anchorage, plus three more significant naval battles and the occupation of Vella Lavella.

Part III, THE NORTHERN SOLOMONS recounts the seizure of the Treasuries, the Choiseul Diversion and the Bougainville campaign, plus two more significant naval battles.

LESSONS LEARNED - Finally, the many valuable lessons learned during the Solomons Campaigns are summarized--ranging from logistic support and force requirements to offshore toeholds and leapfrogging. Most became doctrine in later Pacific campaigns.

688 pp, 310 B/W photos, 44 maps, plus charts, notes, appendices, bibliography,index, Paperback 6" x 9" 

OTHER TITLES IN THE SERIES 
Vol. I, THE AMPHIBIANS ARE COMING! Emergence of the Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft 
Vol. III, PACIFIC EXPRESS: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II

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