“A VIVID NARRATIVE . . . A splendid first-person account of the costly campaign that enabled Allied forces to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese in World War II’s Pacific theater.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“By reading and studying No Bended Knee, the military professional can gain an appreciation for war at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Twining writes as he served his corps—boldly and straightforwardly, with impeccable detail and superb understanding of things strategic.”
— Airpower Journal
“A VIEW FROM THE NERVE CENTER COMPLETE WITH TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES.”
— Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT)
“Twining adds notably to the literature on Guadalcanal and provides one of the best accounts of war as seen from the perspective of the often maligned yet absolutely indispensable headquarters staff.”
“CANDID AND REVEALING.”
— Publishers Weekly
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No Bended Knee
Major General J. F. C. Fuller, a distinguished historian of World War II, was of the opinion that “in all probability amphibious operations were the most far-reaching tactical innovation of the War." They were more than far reaching. They were decisive. Most certainly they were not “innovations.” The Siege of Troy, the first battle of any sort in recorded history (1194–1184 b.c.), was a majestic example of the amphibious assault involving 1,000 ships and ten years of bitter warfare on the mainland of Asia Minor. Thereafter the Persians made frequent use of amphibious operations during their centuries of unrelenting effort to destroy the civilization of the Greeks.
In 55 b.c. Julius Caesar displayed a surprising grasp of the art of amphibious warfare in his conquest of Britain. He sent an advance man to examine beaches secretly along the British coast to determine their suitability for landing. During the landing itself Caesar used his warships to provide a rudimentary form of naval gunfire support, protecting the unarmed transports with great flights of arrows and projectiles, the latter hurled ashore by catapults mounted on the warships’ decks. However, he or his advance man made a mistake destined to be repeated by army generals worldwide over the ensuing centuries—he chose a gently shelving beach instead of one steep-to beach. As all Marines and sailors would have known, this caused his transports to ground at a considerable distance
From the beach itself, requiring the troops to struggle ashore, almost helpless under constant attack by Britons driving their chariots through the surf.