By Martin Clemens
This extraordinary memoir by means of the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who contributed to shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific struggle is a compelling actual experience tale in accordance with a magazine Martin Clemens stored throughout the battle. whilst, it will possibly good be the final severe resource of research of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years in the back of eastern strains in a single of the main unfriendly climates and terrains on the planet. After many partisan and undercover agent missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and built-in his Melanesian commando strength into the center of the first Marine Division's operations, incomes and the unfettered admiration of now-legendary Marine officials like Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. His distinct standpoint, fleshed out from exact diary entries, presents a revealing - no longer continually flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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These diaries were supposed to contain the dull details of usual routine government work. As times became abnormal, mine suffered a considerable metamorphosis and became a more personal story. This book is based primarily on that diary, or rather the personal part of it. However, Tregaskis got away with the title, long before I had even handed in my gun and tin hat, and I had to think of something else! At first I was not in favor of Alone on Guadalcanal as it was not true in the literal sense.
Naturally, we talked a great deal about Guadalcanal and veteran Marines, many of whom Major Clemens had seen often at division reunions and trips to the United States since World War II. Though plagued with arthritic knees, Martin set the pace, full of enthusiasm for the World War II commemoration, golf, animal husbandry, the livestock business, children and grandchildren, and his comrades of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defence Force. I found it easy to imagine Martin as he was when he walked out of the jungle on 15 August 1942 and into the life of the 1st Marine Division.
Outdoor living on the run wore the coastwatchers down, including Clemens, who bore the official responsibility for keeping the peace with his native constables. There were still Europeans on the island, priests and nuns of several Catholic missions, some gold miners, and people who had simply missed an opportunity to leave Guadalcanal. The Japanese became one of two enemies, as Clemens and his team found their caches looted and their movements observed by Melanesians of doubtful loyalty. Mackenzie’s messages demanded more and more information about the Japanese situation and details about the terrain and weather.