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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Sep 2021 10:21 p.m. PST

From August to November 1942, a series of hard-fought nighttime naval battles punctuated the struggle for the crucial foothold in the Solomon Islands.

Naval History Magazine: link

Berzerker7312 Sep 2021 7:24 a.m. PST

Guadalcanal is really interesting battle with an air, land and sea elements.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2021 9:45 a.m. PST

For those who study and use command and control mechanics on land, the battle of Savo Island is one to model! C&C of the two US flotillas was totally broke resulting in horrible losses due to actions of the commander, ignoring of actionable intel from many sources and multiple layers of HQ procedures. The valor of the ship's crews not in question- only in their higher HQ. (Sound familiar in other periods?) Even the Japanese commander did not follow-up on his win but hearing his logic made sense at the time. We could learn from these mistakes and in our wargames, we can too, make mistakes but "unsink" our ships for the next try.

I can highly suggest doing some research into this battle to keep the Guadacanal campaign sustained.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2021 8:15 p.m. PST

Read Neptune's Inferno by Hornfisher. He recently passed at a young age but wrote what I think is the best account of Savo.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 11:24 a.m. PST

2nd Hornfischer's book.

Blutarski16 Sep 2021 3:50 p.m. PST

Allow me to recommend a good book related to The Battle of Cape Esperance, the second naval night engagement fought in the waters around Guadalcanal. This is, despite its humble outward appearance, an important book that not only uncloaks the details of USS Duncan's demise, but also explains her subsequent post-war consignment to relative historical anonymity. Suffice it to say that there is a good deal more to her story than provided by the official histories.

"The Gun Club" by Robert Fowler



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