By Martin Clemens
This notable memoir by means of the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who assisted in shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific battle is a compelling real experience tale in response to a magazine Martin Clemens stored in the course of the conflict. while, it could good be the final severe 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 jap strains 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 certain point of view, fleshed out from special diary entries, presents a revealing - now not consistently flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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