A powerfully written history . . . Eric Hammel has demonstrated again his genius for bringing the past to life in language that is both understandable and digestible. He accompanies his magnificent prose with many never-before-published photographs of Marines in action during the war. The result is a history masterpiece. . . . A must-read for future generations of Marines. For those who fought the battles, endured the suffering and paid the price, this book is a tribute to their honor, glory and steadfast devotion to duty.-- Leatherneck Magazine
Where did the U.S. Marines earn their reputation as being the "first to fight?" It was on the South Pacific Island of Guadalcanal, America's first land victory of World War II. There, on August 7, 1942, the 1st Marine Division stormed ashore to begin one of the most difficult and brutal campaigns of military history--and an unbroken string of victories staged across the Pacific. Pacific Warriors takes you from the fighting leatherneck's first victory at Guadalcanal to their final victory on Okinawa in 1945, their last battle of the war. The book features 300 photographs, many which were never before published.