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The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942

The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942 Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review July 2013 Title The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942
Author Mark Stille Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781780961545
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $21.95


Another informative and decidedly recommended Osprey title.

Subtitled "Clash for supremacy in the Pacific", author Mark Stille focuses his superb narrative on an iconic WWII campaign – America's first counteroffensive against Japan in the Pacific.

The author begins the first half comparing US and Japanese naval forces.  Following concise summary and chronology, Stille discusses opposing sides' commanders, fleets and plans.  For example, Japanese night-fighting doctrine emphasized torpedo use whereas the US stressed gun combat.

The book's heart beats in the second half.  Stille's expertise shines as he explores the seven major encounters.  Contrasting fortunes and experiences turned the proverbial tide following this critical Pacific naval war.

Stille concludes with an aftermath analysis and bibliography.  Artwork by Howard Gerrard, campaign maps and 80 historic photographs complement this excellent history.

Only one minor quibble – Stille lists Japanese commanders surname first.  A nomenclature explanation would greatly aid novices.

Again, highly recommended reading.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!