Shifting from defense to offense. Joint and combined operations – and all the hard lessons learned. Finding out that training, tactics and procedures can trump an opponent’s better technology – and more hard lessons learned. Surviving on the razor’s edge and prevailing. Innovate, adapt – overcome. All of this and more are gathered together in the collection of battles and engagements called the Solomons Campaign – and coming this fall, we will give it the same treatment we did here with Midway. Plus some.

Watch these spaces for more details – and if you are interested in participating in this project, drop a note to: steeljawscribeATgmailDOTcom with your ideas and suggestions – full credit will be accorded.

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  • Byron

    Siera Hotel! My favorite campaign of the entire war! And IMHO, as important as Midway (I’ll explain why when this series starts). SJS, I’ll see how much reference material I can dig up. There’s one book I’m looking for that looks at the seven naval actions as individual pieces, and how they interlocked together…all I gotta do is find it again 😉

  • sid

    ’42…The last time we were in a peer to peer fight…

    SE Morison said is best:

    “Strategically, as seen from Pearl Harbor or Constitution Avenue, Guadalcanal was worth every ship, plane and life it cost. The enemy was stopped in his many-taloned reach for the antipodes.

    Sometimes I dream of a great battle monument on Guadalcanal; a granite monolith on which the names of all who fell and of all the ships that rest in Ironbottom Sound may be carved. At other times I feel that the jagged cone of Savo Island, forever brooding over the blood-thickened waters of the Sound, is the best monument to the men and ships who here rolled back the enemy tide.”

  • Lloyd Daub

    For all the reporting and commenting on the battles to come, please don’t overlook the logistics, especially setting up the chain of supply bases that allowed the campaign to begin and continue.

    And please don’t overlook the efforts of ships like the escort carriers that shuttled fresh aircraft and ordnance into the area.

    The behind-the-scenes war of WWII was always as important as the fighting at the front. As John B. Lundstrom points out in his “Black Shoe Carrier Admiral,” the movements and decisions of Fletcher and Ghormley were dictated as much by supplies — and the slow growing thereof– as any character issues allegedly identified by historians. Sure Halsey was more aggressive; he also had more to work with thanks to Nimitz’ and Ghormley’s buildups of supplies. And more replacements for the ships and men he recklessly used up.

  • Chuck Hill

    The only campaign in where the Navy had more casualties than the Marines.

    Always thought Naval War College should have been studying this campaign, instead of the Leyte Gulf battles, because this one the adversaries capabilities were much more evenly matched.

  • @Sid/LD/Chuck:
    Roger all – intent is not just regurgitate the battle(s), but map as many LL to today as possible. Ergo logistics, littoral combat, TTP vs reliance on high tech — all will have their day in the sun…
    w/r, SJS