Munda Trail: The New Georgia Campaign, June-August, 1943

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From June to August 1943, outnumbered Japanese engaged some 4,000 US infantrymen untried in jungle warfare in the Solomon Islands. A military historian depicts this nearly forgotten battle to take the Munda airfield, one of the first sustained offensive actions to turn the tide in the Pacific. Origi

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The New Georgia campaign, part of the WW II struggle for the Solomons chain in the Pacific, was concerned chiefly with the capture of the Japanese airfield at Munda. On the American side, most of the fighting was done by the inexperienced troops of the Army's 43rd Division, commanded in turn by Major-Generals John Hester and John Hodge. After a two-month campaign in the summer of 1943, the heavily outnumbered and outgunned Japanese were forced to retreat. Hammel, author of many military histories, writes here of a relatively uninterest ing campaign, one with unimaginative tactics on both sides and with piecemeal commitment of U.S. forces. About the only feature that distinguished the campaign was widespread "combat fatigue," a condition which, according to Hammel, was first defined and diagnosed at New Georgia. And unlike other historians, he fails to note that the level of leadership and soldiering alike was so poor during the early part of the campaign that demoralization was inevitable. Photos.
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Early in World War II, after the Japanese Pacific drive had been checked at Guadalcanal, both sides turned their attention to the Solomon Islands. It was on the island of New Georgia of this chain that a relatively untried U.S. Army division clashed with the Japanese for control of the strategic island corridor. Here in swamps and rain forests, the term "jungle warfare" took on a new and sinister meaning, and the concept of combat fatigue was first defined and diagnosed. While Hammel describes the campaign in detail, this is primarily a rehash of secondary sources, not an in-depth analysis. There are no footnotes and the bibliography is rather thin. This may be popular among readers of the authors three-volume Guadalcanal (LJ 8/87, LJ 11/1/88). For popular collections.
- George F. Scheck, Naval Underwater Systems Lib., Newport, R . I
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Book Description Pacifica Press (CA). Paperback. Condition: New. 292 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.MUNDA TRAILThe New Georgia CampaignJuneAugust 1943ERIC HAMMEL The Solomon island archipelago stretches in a roughly east-west direction from NewGuinea to San Cristobal. For the Imperial Japanese forces in 1942, it was a naturalhighway into the South Pacific. When checked at Guadalcanal, these forces realized theyhad moved east too quickly, and that their defeat was caused in part by inade-quate airbases between the front and their head-quarters at Rabaul, more than six hundred milesaway. As the last Japanese battalions were wrecking themselves against the Marine defensive perimeter on Guadalcanal, the decision was made to build the Munda airfield on New Georgia, right in the middle of the Solomons chain. The Americans also recognized the Solomons as a highway, but in the other direction, toward Rabaul, the Philippines, and ultimately Japan. The two great Pacific powersclashed in the middle of this strategic island corridor in June 1943, when an untried U. S. Army infantry division assaulted New Georgia and began to move up the Munda Trail totake the airfield. This forgotten battle was in truth one of Americas first sustainedoffensive actions in the Pacific, and as such it taught green American troops and equallygreen commanders the realities of jungle warfare. Munda Trail is the dramatic, harrowing story of green American soldiers encounteringfor the first time impenetrable swamps, solid rain forests, invisible coconut-log pillboxes, tenacious snipers tied into trees, torren-tial tropical rains, counterattack by enemyaircraft and naval guns, and the logistical nightmare of living and moving in endless mud. A carefully planned offensive quickly degenerates into isolated small-unit actions as the terrain breaks unit cohesion and leads inexperienced soldiers into deadly ambushes. Asphysical and psychologi-cal strains mount, Army doctors begin to define a new diseasenearing epidemic proportionscombat fatigue. Men without injuries simply becomeuseless for fur-ther fighting, the advance bogs down. Yet, over time, the scaredAmerican soldiers find their inner resolve and climb out of the psychological abyss, emerge steady and true, combat veterans at lastand victors. The New Georgia Campaign was, in Ham-mels words, a graphic study of the universalmilitary truths attending the feeding of innocents to the ravenous dogs of war. Yet whenit was over, there was no question in anyones mind that the tide had turned, that theforces moving through the Solomons would be American, and that they would movetoward Japan. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780935553383

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