Naval War College Review


Last spring I had the privilege of spending some time in Australia, Indo­nesia, and the Solomons. Although the object of that trip was to inspect copper and nickel mines and survey prospects for future mines, I did find time to revisit the old battlefields of Guadal­canal, Bougainville, and the other islands. Flying over calm tropical seas, one paused to reflect over the desperate struggles fought there and where the losers, both .American and Japanese, still lie in the wreckage of their ships on the ocean floor.