By Martin Clemens

ISBN-10: 155750122X

ISBN-13: 9781557501226

This outstanding memoir through the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who contributed to shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific struggle is a compelling real event tale in response to a magazine Martin Clemens stored throughout the warfare. while, it will probably good be the final serious resource of research 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 undercover 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 exact point of view, fleshed out from distinctive diary entries, presents a revealing - no longer constantly flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.

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King and Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and no two senior commanders could be more persuasive and unrelenting in the pursuit of their military (and personal) goals. King and MacArthur—separated by the distance between Melbourne and Washington—could not have been closer in their conviction that America’s real war was the crusade against Japan, not the halting efforts of a coalition of national misfits against Nazi Germany. S. 4 Although the Joint Chiefs remained skeptical about the idea of a Pacific offensive, they could find no powerful reason to oppose the King-MacArthur concept, especially if it could be mounted with forces already in the theater.

Do not ask me why, because I do not know. As a token of that faith, I ran up the Union Jack wherever I happened to be; and though I must admit that as aerial visitors became prevalent it sometimes had to fly under a shady tree, yet it flew higher than the Japanese flag at Lunga ever would. It now hangs in my school library; I treasure it still. That we were able to be of some use to the Allied war effort during our long wait was due, to a great extent, to the skillful planning of the Royal Australian Navy’s Naval Intelligence Division, and especially to the foresight of Eric Feldt, who had such a great deal to do with thinking out the teleradio idea and enabling us to pass on the intelligence that we were able to collect.

Macfarlan, RANR, to Tulagi to take de facto control of Ferdinand. He later sent his most trusted assistant, Lt. Hugh Mackenzie, RAN, to Vila, Efate, New Hebrides, to establish a new central reporting site for the southern Solomons. Marchant’s station moved with the Resident Commissioner to Malaita when the Japanese approached. There Marchant’s professional radio operator received reports from Guadalcanal, recoded them, and sent them to Mackenzie. As Deputy Supervising Intelligence Officer, Solomons, Mackenzie reported directly to Feldt at his headquarters at Townsville, Queensland.

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