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Appendix B: Bibliography and Source Material
The sources used in compiling the present monograph fall roughly into three categories--official reports and records submitted by the units participating in the actions described, digests of those reports, edited and rewritten for public consumption, and interviews and correspondence with individuals at all levels of command who were presumed to have adequate firsthand knowledge of the events under discussion.
The first and third categories, interacting upon each other, were the most valuable sources of information. The second category, that of the official public release, generally could be depended upon only in matters of chronology, since pressure of time and the exigencies of national security made it impossible for such documents to be anything but extremely vague and general in content.
As has been intimated, the primary documents of the period are uneven in character and in value. Indoctrination in the value of documentary material for the purpose of study had not progressed to me point where there was a complete acceptance of the concept that all aspects of a given operation should be made a matter of record. Also--and this again was mentioned in the prefatory material of this work--the very nature of the early weeks of the operation made the adequate keeping of records almost impossible. There is the further consideration that much of the documentary material of Task Force 62, pertinent to the operation, was kept on board the McCawley until she was lost, a year later, in the northern Solomons.
For the initial chapter, which deals with the strategic background of the operation, the correspondence between Admiral Ernest J. King and General George C. Marshall supplies details of the growth of the concept of early attack. This correspondence was made available at the Naval Records and Library. Supplementary material, from the level of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was secured through the Historical Division, United States Army.
Valuable information was obtained, through correspondence, interviews, and informal discussions with approximately 300 people directly involved in the operations. The notes and correspondence are on file in the records of the Historical Section, U.S. Marine Corps.
The following documents regarding the operation, on file in the records of the Historical Section, were examined in detail and each of them, although it may not have been quoted, contributed to he completion of the work.
- Final Report on the Guadalcanal Operation Phase I.
- Final Report on the Guadalcanal Operation Phase II.
- Final Report on the Guadalcanal Operation Phase III.
- Final Report on the Guadalcanal Operation Phase IV.
- Final Report on the Guadalcanal Operation Phase V.
- D-3 Journal--First Marine Division, August.
- D-3 Journal--First Marine Division, September.
- D-3 Journal--First Marine Division, October.
- D-3 Journal--First Marine Division, November.
- Record of Events of Assistant Division Commander, 21 July--27 September 1942.
- Records of Events of Assistant Division Commander, 28 September 1942--5 January 1943.
- Strength Reports, First Marine Division.
- Station Lists, First Marine Division.
- D-3 Log, Second Marine Division.
- D-3 Reports, Second Marine Division.
- Recommendations and Comments, Second Marine Division 1943.
- History of the First Marine Regiment.
- Daily Summary, Second Marines.
- Miscellaneous Reports, Second Marines.
- Attack on Gurumbusa and Koilotumaria, First Bn, Second Marines.
- Report of Operations, Third Bn, Second Marines.
- Record of Events, June 26--Dec 9, Fifth Marines.
- Record of Events, August, Fifth Marines.
- Record of Events, September 24-30, Fifth Marines.
- Record of Events, October 1-15, Fifth Marines.
- Record of Events, October 16-31, Fifth Marines.
- Record of Events, November, Fifth Marines.
- Record of Events, Second Bn, Fifth Marines.
- Report of Artillery Observers Action, 27 August 1942
- Miscellaneous Reports. Contains translation of an interesting enemy diary for early October 1942. Third Bn, Fifth Marines.
- Report of Operations, Jan 4--Feb 19, 1943.
- Summary of Operations, First Bn, Seventh Marines.
- Report of Operations, November 1-3, Second Bn, Seventh Marines.
- Notes on Japanese Attack, September 20, Third Bn, Seventh Marines.
- Report of Operations, Eighth Marines.
- R-3 Reports, Second Bn, Tenth Marines.
- Record of Events, Third Bn, Tenth Marines.
- History of the 147th Infantry Regiment. (One-half page of sketchy data.)
- Report on Tasimboko Raid, September 7-8, First Parachute Bn.
- Report of Operations on Gavutu Tanambogo, August 7-9, First Parachute Bn.
- Report of Operations on Lunga Ridge, September 13-14, First Parachute Bn.
- Report of Operation, October 7-9, First Raider Bn.
- Miscellaneous Reports (includes report of long patrol), Second Raider Bn.
- Report of Operation, Third Defense Bn.
- Record of Events, September 25-27, Second Bn, Fifth Marines.
- Patrol Reports (52 reports of small patrol activities).
- Preliminary Report, Solomon Islands Operations, CinCPac, Aug 1942.
- Action Report, August 6-10, Commander Cruisers, Task Force 18. (Commander Fire Support Group Mike, TF-62).
- Action Report, August 6-10, USS San Juan.
- Solomon Islands Operation. (Series of Reports from individual ships.) Amph Force South Pacific.
- Report of Action, Tulagi-Guadalcanal Area, August 7-8-9, Commander TG-62.1 (Cdr Transdivs).
- Action Report, August 8, 1942, USS Henley.
- Action Report, August 8-9. (Report of individual ships on Battle of Savo Island.) Amph Force South Pacific
- Letter, CinCPac to Cominch, December 8, 1942. (Discussion of plans and strength.)
- Correspondence, Colonel W.E. Riley.
- Marine Corps Movements, 1941-1942.
- Command. A folder so captioned dealing with the period in questioned.
- New Zealand. A folder dealing with that country.
- Letter, Colonel J.M. Arthur; to OinC Historical Division, 11 Oct 45.
- First Marine Division. A folder with correspondence about that unit.
- First Marine Amphibious Corps. T/O and correspondence.
- Raider Battalions. Miscellaneous dispatches and correspondence.
- Operation Plan A18-42. TF-62, 2 October 1942.
- Administrative Order 4a-42. First Marine Division, Nov 26, 1942.
- Letter from CG Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, September 13, 1942. (Details of performance.)
- Operation Order A26-42. Commander, TF-62, Dec 29, 1942.
- Operation Plan 3-42. Task Unit 62.4.7. Landing of 9 Defense Bn.
- War Diary, June 1942. ComSoPac.
- War Diary, July 1942. ComSoPac.
- War Diary, August 1942. ComSoPac.
- War Diary, September 1942. ComSoPac.
- War Diary, October 1942. ComSoPac.
- War Diary, November 1942. ComSoPac.
- War Diary, August, September 1942. Commander TF-62.
- War Diary, October 1942. Commander TF-62.
- War Diary, November 1942. Commander TF-62.
- War Diary, December 1942. Commander TF-62.
- Résumé of Actions, Jan 9-31, 1943, Third Bn, Sixth Marines.
- Unit Reports, October 30--November 30, Seventh Marines.
- Unit Reports, December 1--January 4, Seventh Marines.
- Notes on interviews with Colonel Buckley, 1947.
- Operation Order 11-42, Sept 19 First Marine Division.
- Operation Order 12-42, Oct 13 First Marine Division.
- Operation Order 13-42, Oct 30 First Marine Division.
- Operation Order 14-42, Dec 7 First Marine Division.
- Operation Plan 1-42, Oct 1 First Marine Division.
- Operation Plan 2-42, Oct 6 First Marine Division.
- Report of Sea Battle off Savo Island. Japanese Document.
- Record of Events, 7 August 1942--6 February 1943, Third Bn, Second Marines.
- Unit Reports, September 13--October 31, Seventh Marines.
- Capture of Tanambogo by Wyeth Willard, Third Bn, Second Marines.
- Basic plan for the Establishment of the South Pacific Amphibious Force. Date uncertain, but prior to 22 Apr 1942.
- Rough Draft history of First Marine Division.
- Outline Plan of Task Force 62, Operations subsequent to November 3. (Troop movements planned.)
- Statement to Commandant by LtCol John H. Coffman. (Incident of argument between Sixth Marines and 182d Infantry.)
- Comments by LtCol Thomas J. Colley, 1945.
- Operation Memos XIV Corps.
- A four day patrol account by Pl/Sgt F.G. Pettus. (In vicinity of Aola.)
- Population and Peace in the Pacific, Warren Thompson, 1946.
- Japanese Campaign in the Guadalcanal Area USA-FISPA, 1943.
- Correspondence: Admiral Turner, Admiral Nimitz, General Holcomb.
- Japanese Naval and Merchant Shipping Losses during World War II.
- "Lone Wolf Plan." (Basic plan for establishment of SoPacAm Force.) Admiral E.J. King, 29Apr42.
- Movement of First Marine Division Fleet Marine Force (memo from Vice CNO to CMC), 24Apr42.
Finally, liberal use has been made of material in the following published works:
The South Pacific Area, April 20, 1942--June 15, 1944. (Admiral Halsey's Narrative Account.)
- The United States Navy at War, Admiral E.J. King.
- Islands of the Pacific, Hawthorne Daniel.
- The Pacific Islands Handbook, R.W. Robson, F.R.G.S.
- The Coastwatchers, Commander Eric A. Feldt.
- The Lost War, Matsuo Kato.
- The Island War, Frank O. Hough.
- General Marshall's Report. The Winning of the war in Europe and the Pacific.
- The Campaigns of the Pacific War. United States Strategic Bombing Survey/Pacific/. Naval Analysis Division.
- Interrogation of Japanese Officials Vol I.
- Interrogation of Japanese Officials Vol II.
- South Seas in the Modern World, Felix M. Keesing.
- The Island, Merillat.
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