Garden City, NY: Blue Ribbon Books, 1943. Very Good in Very Good dust-jacket Later printing. [after movie was released in November, 1943] [7.75x5.5in]; , 263 pp., 26 black/white images with captions; Maroon cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine and embossed Marine Corp seal on front, top edge ink stained green, map of Guadalcanal and surrounding islands on front end paper, map of Solomon Islands group and New Guinea an back end paper fore edge untrimmed; Dust jacket has color image of Marines on beachhead from movie and white lettering on spine and front, back advertisement for war bonds; Minor soiling to covers with darken spine, top edge ink stain faded, some old tape residue on top and bottom edges, dark spotting of front end papers likely from paper inserts; Dust jacket has some soiling and darken spine, old tape marks on edges. Item #13377
Richard Tregaskis (1916-1973) was a journalist and author. This book is a day-to-day account of the invasion and battle on Guadalcanal island during August and September. 1942. Guadalcanal in the Solomons Islands chain was a strategic area that threaten the supply routes to Australia and New Zealand. The defense of the landing and capture of Henderson airfield was initially light, but soon became a serious fight as the Japanese tried to retake the Island over the next six months. The Marine landings required support and sea protection by the Navy. Significant naval battles were fought around the island, with major losses to the United States and Japan.