The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal
This August 7, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, learn about the Allies’ first major amphibious landing and ensuing offensive in the Pacific theater on the island of Guadalcanal. With its dense jungles, humid temperatures, and overall grueling conditions—Guadalcanal became a proving ground and turning point for the American and Japanese forces. Explore key battles, characters, and strategies in this brutal six-month struggle in the Solomon Islands with Museum historians and WWII authors and experts.
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Part One: Guadalcanal—An Overview
Join Richard Frank, author of Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle, to explore the strategies by the Japanese occupiers and American invaders during the Battle of Guadalcanal. On August 7, the Marines first landed on the island 75 years ago and secured the beachhead and airfield at Lunga Point, renamed Henderson Field by the occupying American forces. After initial capture, Henderson Field would soon become the key point where the Japanese launched multiple all-out attacks to reclaim their airstrip and control of the island. Analyze the Battle of Edson’s Ridge, marked with tenacious fighting by the US Marines to draw the fierce Japanese fighters off balance, causing devastating Japanese losses.
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