Morning Star, Midnight Sun

Morning Star, Midnight Sun : The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August-October 1942

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Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies stopped the Japanese advance at Coral Sea and Midway. But the Japanese still threatened to build a network of bases in the South Pacific and threatened to cut off Australia. In response, Allies made a desperate move by starting their first offensive of the Pacific War. Their first target: a new Japanese airfield in a relatively unknown place in the Solomon Islands called Guadalcanal.

Hamstrung by obsolete pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy. Starting with the amphibious assaults on Guadalcanal and Tulagi and continuing with the worst defeat in US Navy history, the campaign quickly turned into a see-saw struggle where the evenly matched foes struggled to gain the upper hand and grind out a victory.

Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to regain dominance in the Pacific.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 45.72mm | 788g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Non-illustrated with 3 mono plate sections
  • 1472826388
  • 9781472826381
  • 465,522

Table of contents

Prologue: Visitors
Chapter 1. Fighting the Problem
Chapter 2. Makee Learnee
Chapter 3. The Sleeping Watch
Chapter 4. Pandaemonium
Chapter 5. Is He Lucky?
Chapter 6. Pride Goeth...
Chapter 7. "Why Not?"
Chapter 8. "I am Aoba"
Chapter 9. All Hell's Eve
Chapter 10. The Lion Comes
Chapter 11. Not Quite Midway
Chapter 12. And Then There Was One
Epilogue: Far from Satisfactory, Far from Hopeless
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A comprehensively researched and detailed account that makes an absorbing read for anyone interested in the Pacific War. * Warship World *
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About Jeffrey Cox

Jeffrey R. Cox is a litigation attorney and an independent military historian specializing in World War II, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. His first interest was in the Pacific War, which he has studied for more than 30 years. A student of history, international affairs, and defence policy for most of his life, Cox holds a degree in National Security Policy Studies from The Ohio State University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law. He is a contributor to Military History Online ( and resides in Indianapolis.
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