Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Alone on Guadalcanal: A Coastwatcher's Story by Martin Clemens let's get one thing out of the way first the title is a misnomer which to his credit Clemens faces up to almost immediately. Since he was never really alone he was the only white person. The nucleus of this was a diary he wrote while trying to gather intelligence on the Japanese. The stories of close shaves and trying to maintain some semblance of British administration are interesting enough. When the Marines do arrive he liaison with them. He has mostly positive things to say about the Americans. This nicely fills in the time before the Americans set up at Cactus.