The Campaign for Guadalcanal, by Jack Coggins: A superbly illustrated work covering the air, land, and naval fighting for the island of Guadalcanal.
Guadalcanal: The First Offensive, by John Miller: Good coverage of the land fighting including both the Marines and the Army. Official History.
The Guadalcanal Campaign, by Major John Zimmerman: Focuses on the fighting by the Marines of the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions with attached units.
The Struggle for Guadalcanal, by Samuel E. Morrison: Near official history of the US naval operations during the Guadalcanal campaign.
Breaking the Bismarck Barrier, by Samuel E. Morrison: Covers the naval operations throughout the remainder of the campaign against Rabaul, including the landings in the Admiralty Islands.
Shots Fired in Anger, by Lt. Col. John George: Personnel account of some of the Guadalcanal fighting by the 132nd Infantry Regiment, along with his service with Merrill’s Marauders in Burma. Includes a superb analysis of Japanese infantry weapons and equipment by an expert in small arms.
Cartwheel, the Reduction of Rabaul, by John Miller: Official History of US operations to isolate Rabaul, including campaigning in New Guinea, on the island of New Britain, and working the way up the Solomon Island chain. Includes much information on Japanese actions and thinking, and also covers assistance given by the British Commonwealth troops from Fiji and New Zealand.
Isolation of Rabaul, by Shaw and Kane: Official US Marine Corps history of the Solomon Island campaign following the Japanese evacuation of Guadalcanal. Excellent details on combat, Japanese and American strategic thinking, and operations on the island of New Britain. Includes a large section on air operations in the neutralization of Rabaul from Bougainville.
Marines in the Central Solomons, by Major John Rentz: US Marine Corps monograph covering Marine operations in the New Georgia island group.
Bougainville and the Northern Solomons, by Major John Rentz: US Marine Corps monograph covering operations in the Northern Solomon Islands.
The Campaign on New Britain, by Hough and Crown: Another of the Marine Corps monographs covering the campaign on New Britain. Includes a terrific analysis of jungle vegetation by a US forestry expert.
A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, by Paul Dull: A history of Pacific naval operations from the Japanese standpoint.
Kogun, the Japanese Army in the Pacific War, by Hayashi and Coox: Written by a member of the Imperial General Staff, this provides an extremely useful view into Japanese Army strategic thinking and operations during the war, as well as events leading up to the war.
I hope that those on the forum may find these useful in better understanding how to approach the game. I also spent 15 days in the Solomon Islands in May of 2002, in the New Georgia island group area, so I can draw on personal experience. If you wish to know what I was doing there, see the following items. The National Geographic TV special, The Search for PT-109, or the book Collision with History, The Search for PT-109.
Guadalcanal Diary is of course the classic journalistic account.
For imagery, you can't beat Guadalcanal: The U.S. Marines in World War II: A Pictorial Tribute by Eric Hammel. there are some great pics in there, including a very compelling shot of the sinking of the hornet...
http://www.history.army.mil/html/booksh ... saww2.html
Another website where is it possible to access a very large number of histories for World War 2 is the Hyperwar site.
This has links to the Marine Corps Official Histories as well as other sources. The Site covers all of World War 2.
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