By Martin Clemens
This awesome memoir via the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who contributed to shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific struggle is a compelling real experience tale in keeping with a magazine Martin Clemens stored through the battle. while, it could actually good be the final serious resource of research of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years at the back of jap strains in a single of the main unfriendly climates and terrains on the earth. After many partisan and secret agent missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and built-in his Melanesian commando strength into the center of the first Marine Division's operations, incomes and the unfettered admiration of now-legendary Marine officials like Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. His targeted standpoint, fleshed out from special diary entries, presents a revealing - now not continuously flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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Frank Jack Fletcher’s Task Force 61 and a shore bombardment by the warships of Rear Adm. Victor A. C. Crutchley, RAN, whose six cruisers and fifteen destroyers would escort Turner’s amphibious force. For Vandegrift there was still the problem of the scheme of maneuver on Guadalcanal, for which he remained directly responsible. The Tulagi-Gavutu landings would be commanded by his assistant division commander, Brig. Gen. William H. Rupertus. Since the Tulagi landing looked (and was) the most immediately difficult, given the defenses of the 3d Kure Special Naval Landing Force, Vandegrift assigned Rupertus his toughest infantry, the 1st Raider Battalion (Lt.
William H. Rupertus. Since the Tulagi landing looked (and was) the most immediately difficult, given the defenses of the 3d Kure Special Naval Landing Force, Vandegrift assigned Rupertus his toughest infantry, the 1st Raider Battalion (Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson), the 1st Parachute Battalion (Maj. Robert H. Williams), the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines (Lt. Col. Robert E. Hill), and the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines (Lt. Col. Harold E. Rosecrans). Since Admiral Turner would not release the two remaining battalions of the 2d Marines (a regiment borrowed from the 2d Marine Division) to the 1st Marine Division, Vandegrift had only five infantry battalions to land on Red Beach, the landing site east of the Lunga River.
In the first week of July 1942, Guadalcanal (codenamed Cactus) became the focus of Allied planning. During his intelligence odyssey to Australia, Goettge looked for Guadalcanal experts, and the AIB started rounding up plantation personnel, South Seas mariners, and assorted visitors to the island’s northern coast. Goettge learned about Ferdinand and asked the AIB for more information from the coastwatchers, but he did not have the time for a trip to Townsville to see Feldt before returning to Wellington with his gaggle of self-proclaimed experts on 15 July.
Alone on Guadalcanal: A Coastwatcher's Story by Martin Clemens