By Martin Clemens
This striking memoir by way of the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who contributed to shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific conflict is a compelling actual event tale according to a magazine Martin Clemens saved in the course of the conflict. while, it could good be the final severe resource of research of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years at the back of eastern traces in a single of the main unfriendly climates and terrains on this planet. After many partisan and secret agent missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and built-in his Melanesian commando strength into the center of the first Marine Division's operations, incomes and the unfettered admiration of now-legendary Marine officials like Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. His targeted viewpoint, fleshed out from distinct diary entries, offers a revealing - now not constantly flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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Owing to the tragic losses in Malaya, and Britain’s entire preoccupation with the European theater of war, no troops were available for this dangerous task. S. Marines, who came from the East Coast, the West Coast, and American Samoa. Even when the 1st Marine Division had landed—three regiments, together for only a few weeks—we did not know whether we should be able to drive back the Japanese. The issue remained in doubt until, “by the Grace of God and a shoestring,” we just managed to hold the enemy’s all-out attack in November 1942.
World War, 1939–1945–Campaigns–Solomon Islands–Guadalcanal. 3. World War, 1939–1945–Personal narratives, British. 4. Military service, Voluntary–United States. 5. Intelligence officers—Great Britain—Biography. I. Title. 54’26–dc21 [b] 98–34092 Frontispiece: Martin Clemens’s bomb-battered diary FOR ANNE AND OUR CHILDREN, CHARLOTTE, VICKY, ALEX, AND MARK Vouchsafe to those who have not read the story, That I may prompt them; and of such as have, I humbly pray them to admit the excuse Of time, of numbers, and due course of things, Which cannot in their huge and proper life Be here presented.
Military service, Voluntary–United States. 5. Intelligence officers—Great Britain—Biography. I. Title. 54’26–dc21 [b] 98–34092 Frontispiece: Martin Clemens’s bomb-battered diary FOR ANNE AND OUR CHILDREN, CHARLOTTE, VICKY, ALEX, AND MARK Vouchsafe to those who have not read the story, That I may prompt them; and of such as have, I humbly pray them to admit the excuse Of time, of numbers, and due course of things, Which cannot in their huge and proper life Be here presented. —Shakespeare, King Henry V, act 5, prologue CONTENTS Forewords, by Gen.
Alone on Guadalcanal: A Coastwatcher's Story by Martin Clemens