Midnight in the Pacific tells in vivid detail from early August until mid November 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots struggle against Japanese soldiers. The prize: Henderson Airfield which both sides felt if they could win it, the battle would be over. No matter how hard the Japanese tried the American military gave it back just as hard or harder.
Both countries suffered heavy losses. For example, at sea after six fiery battles, the US Navy and the Japanese Navy kept fighting to a draw. Twenty four warships on each side lost and countless lives with them. Ground force battles matched the deadly battles at sea. And at times the US and Japan struggled to adequately feed their armies. As a result each nation’s soldiers suffered undernourishment from lack of food and water, and suffered many illnesses that furthered weakened their bodies.
Yet both sides refused to stop the fierce fighting until finally American marines, sailors, and airmen began to gain the upper hand more and more against the Japanese. Until finally, Japan’s five-year grip on Asia and the Pacific came to an end. Midnight in the Pacific shows how Guadalcanal became the turning point of the Pacific war.
Author Joseph Wheelan’s narrative brings the events of 75 years ago back to life. The more I read in books like this and watch war film documentaries, the more knowledge and insight I gain into WWII. I have long been keen to know all I can about this period in our history and I hope it never fades. With books like Midnight in the Pacific I am sure it won’t.
Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal
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