By Martin Clemens
This impressive memoir by way of the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who assisted in shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific struggle is a compelling actual event tale according to a magazine Martin Clemens stored through the conflict. while, it may good be the final severe resource of study of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years in the back of jap strains 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 guts 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 specific point of view, fleshed out from distinct diary entries, offers a revealing - now not continually flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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Extra resources for Alone on Guadalcanal: A Coastwatcher's Story
11 Although the landings of 7 August went more or less as planned, Vandegrift and his staff found little cause for optimism about their future on Cactus in the next week. First, Admiral Fletcher, arguing that he was short of fighters and fuel, cut his carrier task force’s presence from four to two days while the Japanese air counterattacks took no holiday. Next, a Japanese naval force of cruisers and destroyers slipped into the area and devastated Admiral Crutchley’s covering force, which lost five of six cruisers and two destroyers in a night action off Savo Island, 8–9 August 1942.
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. —Shakespeare, King Henry V, act 5, prologue CONTENTS Forewords, by Gen.
In prewar days, district officers in the Solomons were required to keep diaries, and I therefore kept one as the district officer, Guadalcanal. ) These diaries were supposed to contain the dull details of usual routine government work. As times became abnormal, mine suffered a considerable metamorphosis and became a more personal story. This book is based primarily on that diary, or rather the personal part of it. However, Tregaskis got away with the title, long before I had even handed in my gun and tin hat, and I had to think of something else!