Top 5 picks to read on Naval Battles of Guadalcanal?

January 13, 2013

Thanks for your website. I love reading about the War, ships, and aircraft. I don't know what I'm going to do when all the old vets are gone.

Tony Sullivan


I am pleased that you found Ahoy interesting, its always good to have positive feedback.

As veterans are dying off I thought it prudent to get down as much of our Naval history as possible.

Best wishes,


Thank you so much for your kind reply. I did not expect to hear from a real Australian Navy Veteran. Could you please do me a huge favor. Could you please send me your top 5 picks to read on Naval Battles of Guadalcanal. I recently finished Neptunes Inferno, Japanese Destroyer Captain by Hara and have read several books on destroyer exploits in the Coral Sea, but I need more. I don't think there is more exciting history regarding the Twentieth Century than what went on in 1942,1943,1945.

I prefer the books written by men who were there (1st person) and books where the author interviewed the sailors who fought the battles. However anything you could recommend will be greatly appreciated.

There is no one I can go to for recommendations. No one understands how I feel about this subject. 

Thank you for your time. I will surely read your recommendations.

Tony Sullivan



The Shame of Savo. Anatomy of a Naval Disaster, Bruce Loxton and Chris Coulhard-Clark. Allen and Unwin Sydney 1997. ( the definitive book on Savo )

The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, James W Grace, Naval Institute Press Annapolis. 1999.

Guadalcanal. Decision at Sea, The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal November 13-15 1942. Eric M Hammel.

Disaster in the Pacific Dennis and Peggy Warner. Allen and Unwin 1992

Battle of Tassafaronga. R.S. Crenshaw. Naval Institute Press Annapolis. 2010.

Good reading.

Best wishes.

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