This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - The Battles of Guadalcanal. The presentations together number 30 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
With the Japanese thrust in the central Pacific blocked, the Allies devised a plan to prevent the enemy from occupying the southern Solomon Islands and using them as bases for attacking Allied supply lines to Australia. To accomplish this goal, it was decided to land on the small islands of Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tamambogo, as well as on Guadalcanal where the Japanese were building an airfield.
Securing these islands would also be the first step towards isolating the main Japanese base at Rabaul on New Britain. The task of securing the islands largely fell to the 1st Marine Division led by Major General Alexander Vandegrift. The Marines would be supported at sea by a task force centered on the carrier USS Saratoga, led by Fletcher, and an amphibious transport force commanded by Rear Admiral Richmond Turner.
Power point #1 is entitled, World War II - Pacific Theater - Battle of Guadalcanal and contains 15 slides and covers the following:
Landing at Guadalcanal
U. S. Marines Land
Battle of Savo Island
Battle for Guadalcanal
Battle of the Eastern Solomon’s
“Cactus Air Force” Protects
Battle of Cape Esperance
Battle of Santa Cruz
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (2)
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During the fall of 1942, the Japanese made several efforts to capture Henderson Field and retake Guadalcanal. Unable to move reinforcements to the island during daylight hours due to the threat of Allied air attacks, they were limited to delivering troops at night using destroyers. This method of troop movement, dubbed the "Tokyo Express" by the Allies, led to several night engagements, such as the Battle of Cape Esperance as Allied ships attempted to block the Japanese.
In November 1942, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Japanese Combined Fleet, prepared for a large reinforcement mission to the island. Organizing 2 groups, Yamamoto formed a convoy of slow transports and 12 destroyers under Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka and a bombardment force under Vice Admiral Hiroaki Abe. Consisting of the battleships Hiei and Kirishima, the light cruiser Nagara, and 11 destroyers, Abe's group was tasked with bombarding Henderson Field to prevent Allied aircraft from attacking Tanaka's transports. Alerted to Japanese intentions, the Allies dispatched a reinforcement force (Task Force 67) to Guadalcanal.
To protect the supply ships, Rear Admirals Daniel J. Callaghan and Norman Scott were dispatched with the heavy cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Portland, the light cruisers USS Helena, USS Juneau, and USS Atlanta, as well as 8 destroyers.
While Tanaka's 4 transports reached Guadalcanal, they were quickly attacked by Allied aircraft the next morning, destroying most of the heavy equipment on board. The Allied success in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ensured that the Japanese would be unable to launch another offensive against Henderson Field. Unable to reinforce or adequately supply Guadalcanal, the Japanese Navy recommended that it be abandoned on December 12, 1942.
Power point #2 is entitled, World War II - Pacific Theater - Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and contains 15 slides and covers the following:
Close Range Fighting
Bombing Henderson Field
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