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The Guadalcanal Campaign, Also Known As The Battle Of Guadalcanal And Codenamed Operation Watchtower By U.S. Forces, The First Major Offensive By Allied Forces Against The Empire Of Japan During The Pacific War And World War II, In A Special 50th Anniversary TV Special Hosted With Commentary By Edward Hermann, Featuring Two Golden Age Of Television Documentaries: 1) BATTLELINE: GUADALCANAL, And 2) CRUSADE IN THE PACIFIC: GUADALCANAL: AMERICA'S FIRST OFFENSIVE, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1992, 47 Minutes.) #BattleOfGuadalcanal #GuadalcanalCampaign #Guadalcanal #OperationWatchtower #SolomonIslands #USMarines #USMC #AmphibiousLandings #Guadalcanal #Tulagi #PacificWar #AsiaPacificWar #AsiaticPacificTheater #EmpireOfJapan #US #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
On August 7, 1942, The Battle of Guadalcanal began as Allied forces, predominantly United States Marines, land on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands, supported by powerful American and Australian naval forces. The campaign was fought until February 9, 1943, on and around the island of Guadalcanal, with the objective of denying the use of these islands by the Japanese to threaten Allied supply and communication routes between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The Allies also intended to use Guadalcanal and Tulagi as bases in supporting a campaign to eventually capture or neutralize the major Japanese base at Rabaul on New Britain. The Japanese defenders, who had occupied those islands since May 1942, were outnumbered and overwhelmed by the Allies, who captured Tulagi and Florida, as well as the airfield - later named Henderson Field - that was under construction on Guadalcanal. Surprised by the Allied offensive, the Japanese made several attempts between August and November to retake Henderson Field. Three major land battles, seven large naval battles (five nighttime surface actions and two carrier battles), and almost daily aerial battles culminated in the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in early November, with the defeat of the last Japanese attempt to bombard Henderson Field from the sea and to land with enough troops to retake it. In December, the Japanese abandoned their efforts to retake Guadalcanal, and evacuated their remaining forces by February 7, 1943, in the face of an offensive by the U.S. Army's XIV Corps. The Guadalcanal campaign was a significant strategic Allied combined-arms victory in the Pacific theater. While the Battle of Midway was a crushing defeat of the Imperial Japanese Navy, it did not stop Japanese offensives, which continued both at sea and on the ground. The victories at Milne Bay, Buna-Gona, and Guadalcanal did mark the Allied transition from defensive operations to the strategic initiative in the theater, leading to offensive campaigns in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and the Central Pacific, which resulted in the surrender of Japan, ending World War II.