No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal by Merrill B Twining
Presidio Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0891418261 | EPUB | 2.29MB


The Battle of Guadalcanal is one of the authentically epical conflicts of World War II. Twining saw it as operations officer of the key U.S. ground unit, the First Marine Division. What he saw and now recounts was a campaign in which a semitrained and understrength division was flung into battle and somehow not only survived, but prevailed. Those marines had to fight the Japanese, the jungle, tropical diseases, uncertain supplies, inept commanders (some of them even members of Twining's beloved marines), and a host of other adversaries. They overcame them all. Twining (brother to the late Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Nathan Twining) is a trifle jaundiced about anyone who is not a U.S. marine, but he adds notably to the literature on Guadalcanal and provides one of the best accounts of war as seen from the perspective of the often maligned yet absolutely indispensable headquarters staff.