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Victory Fever on Guadalcanal
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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.
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William H. Bartsch, a former United Nations development economist and independent consultant now exclusively researching and writing on the Pacific War, lives in Reston, Virginia, USA. He is the author of three previous books published by Texas A&M University Press: Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots on the Philippines, 1941-1942, December 8, 1941: MacArthur's Pearl Harbor, and Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942.

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"Dr. Bartsch's detailed account of the Battle of Tenaru sheds new insight into the actions of Americans and Japanese fighting for control over the island of Guadalcanal in 1942. His exciting description of the battle will certainly prove interesting for World War II enthusiasts."--Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Burrell, U.S. Marine Corps--Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Burrell, U.S. Marine Corps "The author is a seasoned researcher and writer and it is clear that this is an extensively researched and carefully written labor of love. . .weaving the eyewitness accounts and official records into a most illuminating work. He has uncovered material in quantity that cannot be read or even inferred in other standard works about the Guadalcanal Campaign. Amazing research and an eye for integrating first-person material into an excellent tale."--Kenneth W. Estes--Kenneth W. Estes (09/28/2013)

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