Dark Waters, Starry Skies

The Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign, March–October 1943

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Dark Waters, Starry Skies

The Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign, March–October 1943


Esteemed Pacific War historian Jeffrey Cox has produced a fast-paced and absorbing read of the crucial New Georgia phase of the Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign during the Pacific War.

Thousands of miles from friendly ports, the US Navy had finally managed to complete the capture of Guadalcanal from the Japanese in early 1943. Now the Allies sought to keep the offensive momentum won at such a high cost. Determined not to repeat their mistakes at Guadalcanal, the Allies nonetheless faltered in their continuing efforts to roll back the Japanese land, air and naval forces.

Dark Waters, Starry Skies is an engrossing history which weaves together strategy and tactics with a blow-by-blow account of every battle at a vital point in the Pacific War that has not been analyzed in this level of detail before. Using first-hand accounts from both sides, this book vividly recreates all the terror and drama of the nighttime naval battles during this phase of the Solomons campaign and the ferocious firestorm many Marines faced as they disembarked from their landing craft. The reader is transported to the bridge to stand alongside Admiral Walden Ainsworth as he sails to stop another Japanese reinforcement convoy for New Georgia, and vividly feels the fear of an 18-year-old Marine as he fights for survival against a weakened but still determined enemy.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Via Dolorosa
I. Akikaze
II. Putting the Cartwheel Before the Horse
IV. Magic in the Air
V. Where Sea Eagles Dare
VI. Parthian Shots
VII. Quagmire
VIII. The Hop
IX. Dominoes
Epilogue: The Akikaze Resunk

Product details

Published 02 Mar 2023
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 488
ISBN 9781472849885
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated with 16 pages of black and white and colour photographs.
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Jeffrey Cox

Jeffrey R. Cox is a litigation attorney and an ind…


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