- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Presidio Press; First Mass Market Paperback Edition edition (March 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891418261
- ISBN-13: 978-0891418269
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal Mass Market Paperback – March 30, 2004
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“A VIVID NARRATIVE . . . A splendid first-person account of the costly campaign that enabled Allied forces to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese in World War II’s Pacific theater.”
“By reading and studying No Bended Knee, the military professional can gain an appreciation for war at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Twining writes as he served his corps—boldly and straightforwardly, with impeccable detail and superb understanding of things strategic.”
“A VIEW FROM THE NERVE CENTER COMPLETE WITH TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES.”
—Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT)
“Twining adds notably to the literature on Guadalcanal and provides one of the best accounts of war as seen from the perspective of the often maligned yet absolutely indispensable headquarters staff.”
“CANDID AND REVEALING.”
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"A VIVID NARRATIVE . . . A splendid first-person account of the costly campaign that enabled Allied forces to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese in World War II's Pacific theater."
"By reading and studying No Bended Knee, the military professional can gain an appreciation for war at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Twining writes as he served his corps--boldly and straightforwardly, with impeccable detail and superb understanding of things strategic."
"A VIEW FROM THE NERVE CENTER COMPLETE WITH TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES."
--"Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT)
"Twining adds notably to the literature on Guadalcanal and provides one of the best accounts of war as seen from the perspective of the often maligned yet absolutely indispensable headquarters staff."
"CANDID AND REVEALING."
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#1 Richard B. Frank: Guadalcanal
#2 Richard Tregaskis: Guadalcanal Diary
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Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: William H. Bartsch, Midnight in the Pacific: Joseph Weelen, and Bloody Ridge and Beyond: Marlin Groft; just to name a few. Anyone who is interested in this battle has more than likely already read the above mentioned books. No Bended Knee is another great book to add to your library
No Bended Knee reads somewhat like an after action report, but in a narrative presentation. It is an excellent account written by the Division Operation Officer (D-3). He tells of the lack of support which led to the Marine's vulnerability and the resulting lack of supplies. He presents the Navy side of why the ships pulled out leaving the Marines on their own. His account weighs on being as objective as possible, yet telling the reader what our Marines went through due to the Navy no longer giving their support during the critical early days of their invasion. He personally lived through these trials.
General Twining was the commanding General at Marine Corps Schools when I went through the 20th OCC class at T&T Regiment, and I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly. He was one of the best pistol marksmen in the Corps. His outstanding preparedness of Amphibious Assault between the two World Wars was a major contribution to all landing forces, and it was interesting to learn of his mission in preparing the facilities necessary for the landing of the !st Mar Div in New Zealand. Canvas to Docks.
I recommend this book to those who desire the facts of this early and decisive battle and can appreciate the effect that the establishment of Henderson Field was the US forces progressed to victory in the Pacific. The Cactus Air Force served many important roles during these actions.
Semper Fi, General Twining!
Instead of a battle quote from The General, I will quote some humour from him about a the Divisional head quarters head cook. I think he would like it.
"Butch Morgan, the world's finest cook, lived a life of quiet despair. He had replaced the blacksmith's forge with a portable Marine Corps field range called, for some strange reason, a Buzycott. Surrounded by all this splendor, poor Butch had nothing worthwhile to cook."
I will leave this with the thought that Good Marines are always hungry and will appreciate the Generals quote :)