By Martin Clemens
This outstanding memoir by way of the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who contributed to shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific conflict is a compelling actual event tale according to a magazine Martin Clemens saved through the warfare. whilst, it might probably good be the final serious resource of study of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years in the back of jap strains in a single of the main unfriendly climates and terrains on this planet. After many partisan and undercover agent missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and built-in his Melanesian commando strength into the center of the first Marine Division's operations, incomes and the unfettered admiration of now-legendary Marine officials like Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. His specific standpoint, fleshed out from exact diary entries, presents a revealing - now not continually flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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Twining and Maj. William B. McKean. A former brigade intelligence officer, Twining was Thomas’s assistant D-3, and McKean served as the Marine planner on the staff of the commander, Transport Divisions, South Pacific Force, Capt. Lawrence F. Reifsnider, USN. By taking an exciting ride over Guadalcanal on a B-17P stationed at Port Moresby, Twining and McKean closed the contact between the 1st Marine Division and Ferdinand, for they had to fly to Townsville to get their copies of the aerial photographs, supplemented by the most recent information provided by the Guadalcanal coastwatchers.
Some didn’t know of what our war had consisted; some didn’t know that parts of British territory had been won back. I hope only that this book will help to delineate what happened at the beginning of the war in the islands, before any help came, and to demonstrate why, in the Pacific, Guadalcanal had to be held before any advance could be made anywhere. This, perhaps, requires some explanation. It took the Japanese only about two months to occupy Southeast Asia more or less completely. The Allied position in January 1942, with Malaya about to fall and the American fleet shattered, was desperate.
Reifsnider, USN. By taking an exciting ride over Guadalcanal on a B-17P stationed at Port Moresby, Twining and McKean closed the contact between the 1st Marine Division and Ferdinand, for they had to fly to Townsville to get their copies of the aerial photographs, supplemented by the most recent information provided by the Guadalcanal coastwatchers. They came away from their meeting with Feldt convinced that his organization could provide the answers to most of their questions, and Feldt gave them very good news when he said he thought AIB’s and ComSoPac’s estimate of the Japanese force ashore on the Lunga plain was much too large, closer to three thousand than five thousand.