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by Richard Tregaskis
Random House 1943, 1955
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This celebrated classic gives a soldier's-eye-view of the Guadalcanal battles--crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all, and to military history in general. Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there. An on-location news correspondent (at the time, one of only two on Guadalcanal), he lived alongside the soldiers: sleeping on the ground--only to be awoken by air raids--eating the sometimes meager rations, and braving some of the most dangerous battlefields of World War II. He more than once narrowly escaped the enemy's fire, and so we have this incisive and exciting inside account of the groundbreaking initial landing of U.S. troops on Guadalcanal. Green cloth-bound hardcover with dark-red Marine Corps emblem to the front panel and red and black type to the spine in a pictorial dust jacket.
After the release of Guadalcanal Diary, the book was adapted into the Hollywood Movie of the same name, Guadalcanal Diary (Film) released in theaters during 1943.
The final chapter of the book covers Tregaskis departing Guadalcanal as a passenger aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress that took off from Henderson Field on September 26th on a mission over southern Bougainville, then flew to New Hebrides, leaving the combat zone.
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