THE SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS, 1942-1943
From Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point
Volume II of Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII
By William L. McGee

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688 pp., 310 b&w photos, 44 maps, plus charts, notes, appendices, bibliography, index, 6”x9”, ISBN 13: 978-0-9701678-7-3, Softcover: $39.95. BMC Publications (2001).

“Enough gripping drama, heroism, and heartbreak in McGee’s almost encyclopedic work to supply Hollywood with material for a century.”
—Marine Corps League Magazine


“A thoroughgoing historical record and analysis that historians and scholars will find invaluable.”
—Library Journal


Description
In the second volume of his series, William L. McGee tells the story of America’s first offensive after Pearl Harbor. Volume II follows the new landing craft crews featured in Volume I as they move up the ‘Slot’ with each new campaign.

The U.S. halted the Japanese advance at Midway and the Coral Sea. But in the Solomons, the U.S. not only stopped the Japanese, they began pushing them back.

All the Solomons campaigns are covered—from Guadalcanal to Bougainville.

  • Part I, THE SOUTHERN SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS covers the bloody six-month struggle for Guadalcanal. The relationship between ground fighting, naval warfare and air combat is described in considerable detail as first one side and then the other gains the advantage. Seven major naval engagements are recounted.

  • Part II, THE CENTRAL SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS chronicles the amphibious operations in the New Georgia Islands group including the five separate landings at Rendova, Segi Point, Viru Harbor, Wickham Anchorage, and Rice Anchorage, plus three more significant naval battles and the occupation of Vella Lavella.

  • Part III, THE NORTHERN SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS recounts the seizure of the Treasuries, the Choiseul Diversion and the Bougainville campaign, plus two more significant naval battles.

  • LESSONS LEARNED The many valuable lessons learned during all the Solomons Campaigns are summarized, ranging from logistics support and force requirements, to offshore toeholds and leapfrogging. Most became doctrine in later Pacific campaigns.


The Solomons Campaigns 1942-1943
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Contents
Preface
Amphibious Force Ships and Craft

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Other Books in the Series:
Vol. I, The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft

Vol. III, Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World
War II