In early August 1942, Allied forces landed on Guadalcanal and succeeded in capturing an airfield that the Japanese were building. Dubbed Henderson Field, Allied aircraft operating from the Guadalcanal soon dominated the sea lanes around the island during daylight hours.
As a result, the Japanese were forced to deliver reinforcements to the island at night using destroyers rather than larger, slower troop transports. Dubbed the "Tokyo Express" by the Allies, Japanese warships would depart bases in the Shortland Islands and make the run to Guadalcanal and back in a single night.
The Battle of Cape Esperance was the first Allied triumph over the Japanese in a night battle.
A tactical victory for Hall, the engagement had little strategic significance as Jojima was able to deliver his troops. In assessing the battle, many of the American officers felt that chance had played a key role in allowing them to surprise the Japanese. This luck would not hold, and Allied naval forces were badly defeated on November 20, 1942, at the nearby Battle of Tassafaronga.
The presentation is best for the upper middle school and high school student and covers the following:
American Battle Strength
Hall’s Battle Plan
Battle of Cape Esperance
End of Presentation
This is one of several "companion" power point presentations that I offer on... World War II.