Perhaps the entire period between 7 august 1942, when the first marines landed in the solomons 1, and the final evacuation of guadalcanal by the japanese should be labeled the battle of guadalcanal hardly a day went by during that 6 months which did not see action on land, in the air, or on the sea. Guadalcanal: the battle that sealed the pacific war aug 16, 2017 midway closed the door on any hope of japanese victory, but guadalcanal locked it by george friedman about 75 years ago, us marines landed on the islands of guadalcanal, tulagi and florida in the making the eastern offensive problematic for the united states nimitz, in.
The battle of guadalcanal was a major battle between the united states and japan in world war ii the battle marked the first time since entering the war that the united states had gone on the offensive and attacked the japanese the battle lasted six months from august 7, 1942 to february 9, 1943.
Both sides sustained heavy losses during the battle, but the united states succeeded in preventing japan from reaching guadalcanal and threatening the airfield the naval battle of guadalcanal was japan’s last attempt to recapture the islands. The campaign went on for six months, riveting the nation, as the united states and japan poured ships, planes and men into the fight for the malarial, jungle-covered mass in the solomon island chain, northeast of australia. The american victory in the second naval battle of guadalcanal effectively ended any hope the japanese had of wresting control of the island back from the united states the japanese transports were attacked in the morning with aircraft from henderson field troops remaining on the island were hunted down and killed by marines and soldiers. Strategically, possession of a guadalcanal air base was important to control of the sea lines of communication between the united states and australia operationally, the battle of guadalcanal was notable for the interrelationship of a complex series of engagements on the ground, at sea, and in the air.
The south dakota during the battle of santa cruz the american victory in the second naval battle of guadalcanal effectively ended any hope the japanese had of wresting control of the island back from the united states the japanese transports were attacked in the morning with aircraft from henderson field troops remaining on the island. Battle of guadalcanal: allies strike japan aircraft carriers the following article on the battle of guadalcanal is an excerpt from barrett tillman’s book on wave and wing: the 100 year quest to perfect the aircraft carrier.
The battle of guadalcanal was fought between american and japanese troops, which culminated in the victory of the former the stark cultural barriers between the japanese and the americans were rather obvious during the war apparently, towards the end of the battle, the defeated japanese troops preferred to drown or be eaten by sharks. World war ii effectively stopped the world between 1939 and 1945 to this day, it remains the most geographically widespread military conflict the world has ever seen although the pearl harbor attack provoked a declaration of war by the united states on japan the very next day, it would be several months before us forces would get. Battle of guadalcanal references the following references were used in writing this article and may prove helpful for those looking for additional information on the battle: miller, jr, john (1949) chapter 7 decision at sea guadalcanal: the first offensive united states army in world war ii: the war in the pacific. United states marines rest in the field during the guadalcanal campaign fortunately for the americans, the japanese were also ill-prepared misinformed about events elsewhere in the pacific, the local commander did not believe that the americans could launch a substantial attack the invasion initially went well.
The guadalcanal campaign, also known as the battle of guadalcanal and codenamed operation watchtower by american forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 august 1942 and 9 february 1943 on and around the island of guadalcanal in the pacific theater of world war ii it was the first major offensive by allied forces against the empire of japan. Guadalcanal was japan’s first defeat on land after an unbroken string of victories in china, southeast asia and the pacific more than 25,000 japanese soldiers died on guadalcanal’s beaches, dense jungles and steep ravines some 7,000 us soldiers and marines died, as well conditions were appalling each side was short of food and supplies.