Guadalcanal: U.S. vs. Japan

 

 

Guadalcanal was the turning point of the land war with Japan in the Second World War. Japan never went further South than this island in the Solomons.

Japan tried to severe the link between the U.S. and Australia by occupying the Solomon islands and New Guinea. They started building an airbase at Guadalcanal, that was put to good use by the Americans after their invasion on the 7th of August 1942.

In this military history lecture we will not just describe how "iron bottom sound" got that name and the battleship-bombardment of the airfield. We will explain the role of signals intelligence in this 7 month combined land, sea & air battle and the death of admiral Yamamoto. The fighting in New Guinea and the consequent battle for Rabaul will be visited as well in order to give a complete picture of Japanese and American strategy and tactics.


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Saturday 16:00 - 17:00

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