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South Pacific Cauldron: World War II's Great Forgotten Battlegrounds (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. Juli 2014

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-Rems often offers critical analysis of the decisions made by these and other officers, and readers will find particularly interesting questions he raises about the necessity of a number of operations, such as Bougainville or the continuation of major operations in the theatre after the fall of the Philippines, which he concludes were not only ill-conceived, but a waste of time, materiel, and most tragically men. South Pacific Cauldron is an important contribution to the literature of the Pacific War.---Strategy Page.com

-Seventy years after the end of World War 2, Australian policy emphasises the South Pacific's crucial role in Australia's national security. Supporting Australian policy, the ADF's forthcoming enhanced amphibious capability is intended for employment in the South Pacific and the wider region. This employment is initially focused on security, stabilisation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief tasks. South Pacific Cauldron provides members of the ADF with historical context for operations in the South Pacific, including the utility of amphibious operations.---Australian Defence Force Journal

-Readers already familiar with the war in the Pacific and newcomers alike will find this a great one-volume condensation of the South Pacific campaign. Rems explains the operations lucidly, giving clear and concise accounts of both friendly and enemy activities. His evaluations of the commanders on both sides and their principal lieutenants are frank but balanced. The controversies between allies and even between branches of service are carefully dissected and explained. This well-rounded presentation is an excellent book that no CAMP member should fail to read.-- Journal of America's Military Past



-Award-winning author Alan Rems brilliantly tells of the ground, naval, and air campaigns against the Japanese during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, in the South Pacific, a region long overlooked by public interest but equally as important as the more famous battles in the Central Pacific. Rems offers both the big picture and the foxhole view of bloody warfare in the jungles and mountains.... --- Military Officer

-Alan Rems adds breadth and context to our understanding of World War II's South Pacific campaigns in an accessible, highly readable and well-packaged book that is especially timely given the approach of the 70th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.---Military Review

-Rems has produced a remarkably well-written work on the hard-won victories achieved by the Allies in the South Pacific. South Pacific Cauldron is a fitting tribute to the men who fought and died in an often overlooked theater of World War II. As such, it is a welcome addition to our knowledge of World War II in the Pacific Theater.- --On Point: The Journal of Army History

-This is an old-fashioned military history with hard-bitten commanders, heroism, and small-unit engagements. The overall hero is Admiral William F. Halsey, whose performance Rems considers 'brilliant.' The author provides a valuable service in presenting an overview of the South Pacific campaign in one compact volume.---CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academy Libraries

-Written in a narrative style accessible to readers of all backgrounds, South Pacific Cauldron is a complete history of all World War II battles and conflicts that took place in the South Pacific Cauldron region, including numerous little-known operations such as the final Australian campaign. A handful of black-and-white maps and photographs as well as notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this invaluable contribution to military and world history shelves.-- The Midwest Book Review



-For decades the history of the Guadalcanal campaign has dominated the South Pacific literature available to new generations of readers. But there was much more to the fighting in that area, as Alan Rems demonstrates in this well-researched history of a major theater of World War II. The fighting against a determined Japanese enemy was complicated by the command issues involving not only American interservice cooperation, but also those with Allies, notably Australia. Air and sea power were valuable contributors to the capture of island after island and to eventual victory.---Paul Stillwell, naval historian and author of The Golden Thirteen: Reflections of the First Black Naval Officers and Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats



-South Pacific Cauldron is a first-rate account of the brutal and important fighting that occurred in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea during World War II. By examining the campaign from the American, Australian, and Japanese perspectives, Alan Rems provides military history buffs with a fine starting point for the overlooked military operations in one of the world's most hostile environments.---Stephen R. Taaffe, author of Marshall and His Generals: U.S. Army Commanders in World War II and MacArthur's Jungle War: The 1944 New Guinea Campaign



"Rems often offers critical analysis of the decisions made by these and other officers, and readers will find particularly interesting questions he raises about the necessity of a number of operations, such as Bougainville or the continuation of major operations in the theatre after the fall of the Philippines, which he concludes were not only ill-conceived, but a waste of time, materiel, and most tragically men. South Pacific Cauldron is an important contribution to the literature of the Pacific War."--Strategy Page.com

"Seventy years after the end of World War 2, Australian policy emphasises the South Pacific's crucial role in Australia's national security. Supporting Australian policy, the ADF's forthcoming enhanced amphibious capability is intended for employment in the South Pacific and the wider region. This employment is initially focused on security, stabilisation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief tasks. South Pacific Cauldron provides members of the ADF with historical context for operations in the South Pacific, including the utility of amphibious operations."--Australian Defence Force Journal

"Readers already familiar with the war in the Pacific and newcomers alike will find this a great one-volume condensation of the South Pacific campaign. Rems explains the operations lucidly, giving clear and concise accounts of both friendly and enemy activities. His evaluations of the commanders on both sides and their principal lieutenants are frank but balanced. The controversies between allies and even between branches of service are carefully dissected and explained. This well-rounded presentation is an excellent book that no CAMP member should fail to read."- Journal of America's Military Past



"Award-winning author Alan Rems brilliantly tells of the ground, naval, and air campaigns against the Japanese during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, in the South Pacific, a region long overlooked by public interest but equally as important as the more famous battles in the Central Pacific. Rems offers both the big picture and the foxhole view of bloody warfare in the jungles and mountains.... "-- Military Officer

"Alan Rems adds breadth and context to our understanding of World War II's South Pacific campaigns in an accessible, highly readable and well-packaged book that is especially timely given the approach of the 70th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day."--Military Review

"Rems has produced a remarkably well-written work on the hard-won victories achieved by the Allies in the South Pacific. South Pacific Cauldron is a fitting tribute to the men who fought and died in an often overlooked theater of World War II. As such, it is a welcome addition to our knowledge of World War II in the Pacific Theater." --On Point: The Journal of Army History

"This is an old-fashioned military history with hard-bitten commanders, heroism, and small-unit engagements. The overall hero is Admiral William F. Halsey, whose performance Rems considers 'brilliant.' The author provides a valuable service in presenting an overview of the South Pacific campaign in one compact volume."--CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academy Libraries

"Written in a narrative style accessible to readers of all backgrounds, South Pacific Cauldron is a complete history of all World War II battles and conflicts that took place in the South Pacific Cauldron region, including numerous little-known operations such as the final Australian campaign. A handful of black-and-white maps and photographs as well as notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this invaluable contribution to military and world history shelves."- The Midwest Book Review



"For decades the history of the Guadalcanal campaign has dominated the South Pacific literature available to new generations of readers. But there was much more to the fighting in that area, as Alan Rems demonstrates in this well-researched history of a major theater of World War II. The fighting against a determined Japanese enemy was complicated by the command issues involving not only American interservice cooperation, but also those with Allies, notably Australia. Air and sea power were valuable contributors to the capture of island after island and to eventual victory."--Paul Stillwell, naval historian and author of The Golden Thirteen: Reflections of the First Black Naval Officers and Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats



"South Pacific Cauldron is a first-rate account of the brutal and important fighting that occurred in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea during World War II. By examining the campaign from the American, Australian, and Japanese perspectives, Alan Rems provides military history buffs with a fine starting point for the overlooked military operations in one of the world's most hostile environments."--Stephen R. Taaffe, author of Marshall and His Generals: U.S. Army Commanders in World War II and MacArthur's Jungle War: The 1944 New Guinea Campaign

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While the Pacific War has been widely studied by military historians and venerated in popular culture through movies and other media, the fighting in the South Pacific theater has, with few exceptions, been remarkably neglected. Worthy of remembrance no less than Wake Island, Leyte Gulf, and Tarawa are the great unsung battlefields of Buna, Shaggy Ridge, and the Driniumor River on New Guinea, the torpedo-infested waters off New Georgia, and the deadly skies over Rabaul and Wewak.


Authoritative yet written in a highly readable narrative style, South Pacific Cauldron is the first complete history embracing all land, sea, and air operations in this critically important sector of the oceanic conflict. South Pacific operations are covered in detail, including the little-known, final Australian campaigns that continued until the Japanese surrender. Based on the author's archival research, the long-suppressed story about the death of a leading Marine Corps general at his headquarters is revealed, as is the subsequent cover up sanctioned by Admiral Halsey. Also examined are the issues faced by the segregated Army in employing African-American troops in combat.


Author Alan Rems breathes life into the major figures of the South Pacific campaigns, including brilliant and imperious Gen. Douglas MacArthur, audacious and profane Adm. William "Bull" Halsey, and bibulous and indelicate Australian general Thomas Blamey. No less interesting are others that will be mostly new to readers, many from the Japanese side, including indomitable generals Noboru Sasaki and Hatazo Adachi. The experiences of the individual fighting men are captured in accounts of actions for which the Medal of Honor, Victoria Cross, and other decorations for valor were conferred.


South Pacific Cauldron's story is enhanced with sixteen maps and forty-two photographs, many rarely seen, that were carefully chosen from official American and Australian sources. The book includes a detailed chronology to put the widely separated operations in context and a detailed bibliography for additional reading on the subject.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen World War II's Utmost Backwater 30. August 2014
Von Captain K - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
For the most part this is an excellent introduction to one of the bloodiest, yet least remembered, theaters of World War II. If there is any criticism, it is that Rems tried to cover too much - after all, there are books about PORTIONS of the Guadalcanal campaign, whereas it's only one chapter here. But there are no knocks on Rems's prose, as it is clear, informative, and insightful. The personalities, and how they interacted, are also colorful, as might be expected of a colonial backwater - Halsey, McArthur, and the ANZAC commanders tapdance around each other in struggles over strategy and superiority, and not always to good end. It is the fighting men, though, who are the true stars - an astonishing number of CMH's and VC's were handed out, often for acts of supreme sacrifice - and yet I dare anyone outside of professional geographers to even remember the many places where they fought and died. And sometime for reasons that are very much less than clear.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good military history, well written. 13. Oktober 2014
Von Stephen Armstrong - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you like military histories, I think you will like this book. The author writes clearly about the various phases of the South Pacific campaigns. He has a very good sense of command issues (split commands, commands of another nation's troops and "force command" problems) and how objectives were set in this theater. The author's evaluations of the high commanders (e.g., MacArthur, Nimitz, and the Australian General Blimey) confirmed what I had long suspected. Overall, a very good summary of this part of World War II.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen South Pacific Cauldron Book Review 8. Januar 2015
Von Gary C. Schaus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book has a lot of good information in it related to the military units that fought in the Southwest Pacific Command area. The problem I had with it was that there was not the detail I expected. Wrong thought by me as to what I expected. The book was pretty good as to what went on with the fighting and the islands where the different units fought and some of the naval action.

The author did a good job writing the book, as it has been 70 years since these military campaigns were fought. Overall, it was a good read butnot as good as I had hoped.
5.0 von 5 Sternen felt like an insider 29. Mai 2016
Von roger shannon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
In my business dealings , I was fortunate to reach the inner circle. That's what I like so much about this book. With the detail garnered from biographies and personal letters , the book seems to place me in the inner circle and I feel like I'm making the decisions with the Generals and Admirals.. Hats off for the inricate research this book obviously entailed.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Summary Of Forgotten Battles 30. April 2015
Von F. William Hessmer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having always wondered what happened in the South Pacific theatre after the focus of the Pacific war moved toward the Central Pacific and here is a great summary of the forgotten or less publicized battles in the South Pacific all the way through Japan's surrender. The volume is well researched and a great summary. That said, the summary is just that, and leaves the reader wanting more depth. A commendable effort that illuminates a later forgotten theater of the war.
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