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The battle at Guadalcanal marked the first American offensive of World War II and was fought on land, at sea, and in the air. For six months the Americans and the Japanese clashed in brutal warfare that escalated to unimagined levels of sustained violence. 50 photographs; 30 maps.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1990.
ISBN: 9780394588759
Branch Call Number: 940.54 Fra
Characteristics: xiv, 800 p., [24] p. of plates : 24 cm.


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Aug 07, 2014

Along with H. P. Willmott, Franks is my favorite WWII author ("collector"? "editor of facts and tales"?), and this book contains a fair amount of maps to help descriptions. Not enough, in my opinion, but it's 'as good as they get' apparently.

Franks has the research to support almost every argument about every controversy, as well, so this could be an exhaustive starting point for a new student in WWII.


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