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The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Night Action, 13 November 1942 Hardcover – March, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557503273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557503275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By norman polmar on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent account of the Naval Battle off Guadalcanal in the early hours of 13 November 1942. The battle was one of three major disasters that overtook the U.S. Navy in World War II, the others being Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and Savo Island in August 1942. Grace provides a very well written account of the battle with excellent accounts of the men and ships in battle. Very highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Author James Grace does a very good on describing the actions of the U.S. and Japanese forces during the naval battle of Guadalcanal, especially given that the action was a night-time slugging match. His coverage of the Japanese combatants is appreciated. He also covers the immediate aftermath of the battle, detailing some of the stories of damaged ships and overboard sailors. The author generally eschews dramatic writing, and doesn't spend a lot of ink second-guessing the commanders. He lets the story, especially the limited success of radar and the tragic episodes of "friendly fire," speak for themselves. A major weakness of the book is the overly-short discussion of the near-term effects of the battle on the Guadalcanal campaign. The author also assumes that the reader is familiar with the layout and design of surface warships. Nonetheless, highly recommended for those interested in the Solomons Campaign, naval operations in the Pacific during World War Two, or in naval surface warfare.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By whistleblower on August 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
1. This book is excellent.
2. The very begining of the book puts this battle in context as far as its
place in WW II and the Guadalcanal Campaign goes. The end of the book very
briefly describe the japanese heavy cruiser night bombardment of
Nov 13 14 and the battleship battle of Nov 14 15 .
3. The maps are excellent. The two maps that show ship movement are
extremely helpful in understanding the battle.
4. The appendixes at the end of the battle provide easily grasped
information on the number and type of shell hits and torpedo hits each
ship took. They also provide information on medal awards and what happened
to many of the participants of the battle.
5. The book uses many Japanese sources that I've never seen before. This
makes this book far superior to any other description of this battle.
For instance this book describes the decision on the bridge of the
IJN Hiei to fire the Type III shore bombardment 14-inch shells
already in the turret hoists and gun turrets and then shift to armour
piercing shells. Other books suggest that the Japanese tried to
shift to armour piercing shells before the battle began. Personally
I believe that the Japanese never did shift to AP shells.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Draper on March 17, 2013
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Dad was a Marine stationed on board the USS NEW ORLEANS. In the Tassafaronga action a Japanese Long Lance Torpedo blew off the bow of the heavy cruiser, losing the #1 8" battery. A lot of men were lost but the bulkhead separating batteries 1 & 2 held. They had to find some place to hide so they went up river or a swampy area and tried to camo the ship with trees and other nasty snake infested brush. Eventually, they were able to get a wooden bow put on and made it back to the states for major repairs.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Benson on August 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Actually not having read but a few brief passages from this fine effort, I believe that some additional background from & about the Japanese would better help the reader understand the materials proffered by the author & his conclusions. I make reference to one excellent volume by a Japanese naval officer, Captain Tameichi Hara, entitled "Japanese destroyer captain" as an outstanding source of background fact, personal experiences & strategic recollections of many facts relating to the Japanese overall conduct of their war effort & his witnessing of many of the major U.S./Japanese Guadalcanal naval engagements.
I have read this fine book & am impressed by Captain Hara's professionalism, insights into Japanese traditions & his command of the Japanese destroyer flotilla that the U. S. code named "The Tokyo express". He also details his flotillas personal activities during the great raid on Rabaul & his suggestions to his destroyer commanders maximizing the use of their anti aircraft batteries' withering fire in defense of the anchorage that made headline in the U.S. referencing the "heavy losses" encountered by the attackers. He also provides an eyewitness account of the destruction of the Japanese super dreadnaught, Yamato, on her last foray from Japan to Okinawa on her kamikaze sortie in the defense of this embattled island.
I heartily endorse this book as both an aid & companion volume on the Guadalcanal campaign.
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