- 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: #628,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Night Action, 13 November 1942 Hardcover – March, 1999
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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.
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.