New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. First Edition. Octavo. 22cm. Publisher's burgundy cloth titled in gilt to spine and front board. Lacking dustjacket. 367pp. Clean and bright, a little bumped to extremities and creased to the spine, a very good, handsome and durable copy. Internally clean. Map endpapers showing Wake, Midway and The Solomon islands. Inscribed to the half title by the author:
"To dear old Bev, the Schwably Baby, take it easy, Walt Bayler"
Also present on the half title is a signature from Major Charles H. "Fog" Hayes USMC, who served with distinction at Guadalcanal and throughout the Pacific Theatre, ending his career as a Lieutenant general and holding the position of the 8th Assistant Commandant of The Marine Corps. Additionally there is the signature of Ray Scollin, Brigadier General Raymond Scollin finished WW2 as the youngest General in the USMC, having joined up at the age of 14. He served as an aviator serving with the legendary Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (The Fighting Falcons), seeing action at Midway, Guadalcanal, and also at Okinawa, where he was wounded. Both officers are mentioned in Bayler's account.
A detailed and definitive account of the key pivotal moments of the war in The Pacific, from the only American to see combat at Wake Island, Midway, and Guadalcanal, and a key officer working with the USMC's secret radar early warning systems and aircraft communications networks.