Located in the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal was the scene of a bitter struggle between American and Japanese forces during World War II. The campaign lasted from August 1942 to February 1943, when Japanese forces abandoned the island to the Americans. The U.S. victory at Guadalcanal was the first land offensive against the Japanese during the war in the Pacific. The campaign also involved several major naval engagements.
During the Battle of Guadalcanal, the fight for the eastern Solomons helped hasten the Japanese withdrawal from the southern Solomons. More »
Operation Dovetail, the rehearsal for the assault on Guadalcanal, proved to be an alarming mix of inadequate planning and poor execution. More »
A night battle in the Solomons cost the U.S. Navy dearly but reversed a Japanese attempt to shell Henderson Field. More »
The USS Astoria was one of four Allied cruisers lost in a night engagement with the Japanese off Guadalcanal. More »
U.S. cruisers and destroyers defeated a Japanese naval contingent off Cape Esperance during the Guadalcanal campaign. More »
Decimated during their attacks against Japanese aircraft carriers, the sacrifice of the brave air crewmen was not in vain. More »
Japanese sealift capabilities were greatly depleted during the course of World War II in the Pacific. More »
Japanese-American interpreters serving in the U.S. Army provided valuable service to the Allies in the Pacific. More »
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