- ISBN/SKU: 9781591145523
- Binding: Paperback
- Era: WWII
- Number of Pages: 528
- Subject: History
- Date Available: December 2010
Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier, 22 July 1942 – 1 May 1944, Volume 6 in the series, examines the drive up from Guadalcanal and New Guinea to the taking of Rabaul and the colossal American victory at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea during the Papuan campaign. This volume also covers the Central Solomons, the Huon Gulf offensive, the invasion of New Georgia, and the Battles of Kula Gulf and Kolombagnara.
"There is little doubt that when it comes to an overall view of United States naval operations during the campaign to break the Bismarcks Barrier and in many cases a micro-view as well, Morison remains unsurpassed. The immediacy of his work, his ability to describe operations he has himself witnessed—that Ironbottom Sound is as blue as the Gulf of Maine—in prose few can match, gives Morison's histories a unique value. Its my honor to recommend this book and to warn the reader, especially those new to Morison, that this is an addictive read as well as solid history."
—Vincent P. O'Hara in his Introduction to Volume 6, author of Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940-1945 andco-author of On Seas Contested: The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War
Samuel Eliot Morison taught history at Harvard from 1915 to 1955, except for active duty service in the Navy on board eleven different ships in all theaters of the war. In addition to this series, Rear Admiral Morison wrote many other popular and award-winning books on maritime history, including Two Ocean War. Morison, who died in 1976, was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, two Bancroft Prizes, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom