HARDCOVER EDITIONThe Cactus Air Force and the Japanese Withdrawal from Guadalcanal Read the review in Leatherneck
This revisionist history questions some key traditional assumptions underlying Operation KE - the rescue of some 10,600 Japanese troops from Guadalcanal. The authors challenge the accepted American view that the Japanese succeeded largely because U.S. Pacific Theater commanders let them.
Tracing the course of the air and sea clashes surrounding Operation KE, the writers conclude that Japanese strategic planning took advantage of the strengths possessed by the Imperial armed forces while exploiting the limitations of their adversaries. On the other hand, American misreading of Japanese intentions, the consequent pursuit of a cautious offensive strategy, plus a misallocation of resources, all undermined U.S. initiatives to stymy Operation KE.About the Authors
Roger Letourneau, a retired businessman and former member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds an MA in History and an MBA.
Dennis Letourneau, a professional engineer who obtained his engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, lives in Canmore, Alberta.