Operation KE: The Cactus Air Force and the Japanese Withdrawal from Guadalcanal

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Great book about an almost forgotten chapter of the Guadalcanal campaign. One might think that the Japanese forces were completely wiped out, but actually the Japanese successfully managed to evacuate over 10000 troops during “Operation KE”.

“This revisionist history questions some key traditional assumptions underlying Operation KE – the rescue of some 10,600 Japanese troops from Guadalcanal. The authors challenge the accepted American view that the Japanese succeeded largely because U.S. Pacific Theater commanders let them. Tracing the course of the air and sea clashes surrounding Operation KE, the writers conclude that Japanese strategic planning took advantage of the strengths possessed by the Imperial armed forces while exploiting the limitations of their adversaries. On the other hand, American misreading of Japanese intentions, the consequent pursuit of a cautious offensive strategy, plus a misallocation of resources, all undermined U.S. initiatives to stymie Operation KE.”

Operation KE: The Cactus Air Force and the Japanese Withdrawal from Guadalcanal, 416 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 9781591144465

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~ by m1pencil on February 21, 2016.

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