Pacific Turning Point: The Solomons Campaign, 1942-1943

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The Central Solomons-- New Georgia

THE STRATEGIC SITUATION

Up to now, Halsey had been SOPAC, SOWESPAC's equal, responsible only to CINCPAC. From here on out, the overall strategy for the U.S.'s two-pronged assault on Rabaul was in MacArthur's hands. Only tactical command of the forces in the Solomons remained in Halsey's hands. To discuss plans for New Georgia--the next objective in the Solomons--Halsey flew across from Noumea to Brisbane early in April. Nimitz had always controlled Halsey's troops, ships, and supplies. Now MacArthur controlled his strategy, too. According to Halsey, the two great captains of war got along well together, then and from then on. That was fortunate for all. They must have respected each other, they did need each other, and the U.S. national interest demanded that they work together well. But they were both strong personalities in their own right.

Up to now, Rabaul had only been a distant, hazy, not quite real planning objective the great captains and their war plans staffs dreamed about. Guadalcanal had been essentially a self-contained fight for survival. Now suddenly Rabaul loomed over everything, a very real, attainable objective. But first there had to be Munda.

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Pacific Turning Point: The Solomons Campaign, 1942-1943
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - Prologue 1
  • Notes 11
  • 2 - Collision Course 13
  • Notes 22
  • 3 - The Southern Solomons 23
  • Notes 33
  • 4 - Tokyo Reacts 35
  • Notes 50
  • 5 - Control of the Sea 51
  • Notes 65
  • 6 - Guadalcanal Ends 67
  • Notes 78
  • 7 - The Central Solomons-- New Georgia 79
  • Notes 91
  • 8 - The By-Pass Strategy Arrives-- Vella Lavella 93
  • Notes 102
  • 9 - The Northern Solomons-- Bougainville 103
  • Notes 113
  • 10 - Conclusion 115
  • Appendix A: Ships and Craft 127
  • Appendix B: Equipment 131
  • Appendix C: Personalities 135
  • Appendix D: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Code Words 137
  • Bibliography 141
  • Index 145
  • About the Author 153
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