Book Review: Neptune’s Inferno. I recently listened to and read Neptune’s Inferno. The Marines generally own the narrative about the Guadalcanal Campaign, but as we learn the story of combat at sea, and in the air, around the islands of Guadalcanal and Savo Island from August to October of 1942, we come to find out that the Navy lost nearly 4,000 dead, three times the number of Marines killed on the island. I don’t think the Navy abandoned the Marines. We almost lost the campaign by losing significant night surface actions. In the end the Navy and the Marines are victorious, but a wrench has clearly been thrown in to the defeat Germany first strategy outlined to the public at the time. Added bonus: Mr. Hornfischer gives us a front row seat to the intrigue at the time between political leaders, generals and admirals over military strategy and allocation of resources.
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