By Martin Clemens
This amazing memoir via the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who contributed to shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific struggle is a compelling actual event tale in response to a magazine Martin Clemens saved in the course of the battle. even as, it can good be the final serious 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 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 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 targeted point of view, fleshed out from specified diary entries, presents a revealing - no longer constantly flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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S. 5 MacArthur, however, was not without his own assets, including some ULTRA material, and they included several agencies tied to the Australian armed forces and then into the Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB). MacArthur appointed an Australian Army colonel as AIB head with an American colonel as deputy. Ferdinand fell under the general supervision of the AIB, even that part of Ferdinand which operated in the South Pacific theater. As the AIB developed its own ULTRA organization in 1942, Col. Spencer B.
With the outbreak of war in 1939, the director of the Naval Intelligence Division, Cdr. Rupert B. M. Long, RAN, assigned a fellow World War I naval veteran and enthusiastic Australian civil administrator in New Guinea, Lt. Cdr. Eric A. Feldt, to bring the coastwatcher organization to war readiness. A close friend of Feldt’s and a loose manager, Long gave the energetic, intense Feldt plenty of autonomy. Fortunately, he also gave him effective support. As a senior naval staff officer at Port Moresby, Feldt recruited more coastwatchers, conducted training sessions, distributed supplies, and infused a paper organization with a real sense of mission.
Alexander Archer Vandegrift and Sir Philip Mitchell Preface Guadalcanal and Martin Clemens, by Allan R. Millett 1“And there we were . ” 11“Japan ’e come ’long Guadalcanal” 12“When creeping murmur. . ” 14Retreat to Vungana 15“Oh! ” 16Watch and Pray 17The Marines Have Landed 18Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire: The Battle of the Tenaru 19Attacked on All Sides 20Backs to the Wall 21Nip and Tuck 22Advance to the Rear 23Hammer and Tongs 24All’s Well That Ends Well Epilogue Maps Notes Glossary Index FOREWORDS IN HIS ACCOUNT Return to Paradise, James Michener observes of the test to which British colonial administration was put during World War II: When war broke, these German-Australian–trained natives killed missionaries, betrayed coastwatchers and sold American pilots to Jap soldiers who beheaded them.