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by William Bartsch
Texas A&M University Press  2014
360 pages
photos, illustrations, maps
ISBN: 1623491843
Cover Price: $25.00
Language: English

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Victory Fever on Guadalcanal
Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II

This book is the definitive history of the Battle of the Tenaru on August 21, 1942 at the mouth of "Alligator Creek" (Ilu River) on the north coast of Guadalcanal.

Although a resounding American victory, the details of this incredible battle is little known aside from the famous photograph of dead Japanese soldiers partially buried on the sandbar later dubbed Hell's Point. Or, this depiction of this battle in the HBO miniseries The Pacific as portrayed in Episode 1.

This battle was the first of many battles on Guadalcanal and arguably one of the most important and tenuous. For the Japanese Army "Ichiki Detachment" commanded by Col. Kiyoano Ichiki, their objective was to capture Henderson Field and repel the American forces, which he severely underestimated their true strength and fighting resolve. For the U.S. Marines, this was a defensive action and their first of many battles on the island.

This work represents a monumental research and writing effort by acclaimed author William Bartsch that tells the story of both the American and Japanese side using historical records, veteran interviews and the author's visits to the battlefield.

This book is also available in other formats including: Victory Fever on Guadalcanal (Kindle Edition) and Victory Fever on Guadalcanal (Audiobook).

Interview with author William Bartsch

Review by Justin Taylan  

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