The Battle Of Guadalcanal, 1942 Essay

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The Battle Of Guadalcanal History Essay
Rachel Allen

Mrs. Bratt

English 10 Research Paper

The Battle of Guadalcanal

Our past history has changed the way we live, even today. It has changed the way our society is and how it reacts to a lot of things. The battle of Guadalcanal also changed the way we live, the way we go to war, and the way we react to war. This battle took the Americans six months to win for the Allies. It was the turning point of World War Two and it impacted the outcome of the war.

Guadalcanal was an important place to keep for the Allies because if the Japanese took it, then they would cut off the sea route to Australia, and ultimately communication with ...view middle of the document...

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If the battle of Guadalcanal never happened, the Japanese would have won taking over everything, but at Guadalcanal the US marines were backed up by the navy. By the end of it all, the Japanese were the ones who had suffered more than anyone. On August 20th, the first of thirty-one US fighter aircraft arrive at Henderson airfield, giving the US Marines even more support to defeat the Japanese. The Japanese forces that attacked the US forces at Henderson airfield and Tenaru are ultimately destroyed leaving the Japanese to abandon Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands. The Colonel commanding those troops, Colonel Ichiki, committed ritual suicide because they got defeated (Second World War History, “Battle of Guadalcanal...”).

This event is an important part of our world’s history because it was one of the many battles fought during World War Two. The battle of Guadalcanal was the naval turning point of the war. It also helped us get an offensive on Japan. By January 17th, the Japanese begin to withdraw their army units from Guadalcanal. Leaving it to the Allies, and controlled by the US military. Although by February 7th, Guadalcanal officially falls to the Americans.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Ferguson served as a command pilot with the US Army Air Forces’ 67th fighter squadron during World War Two. He wrote in his diary everyday when he was at guadalcanal. Part of him wondered if they could hold of the Japanese to secure Guadalcanal. He also talks about the quality of their aircrafts against the Japanese aircraft. He said that they were...

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