In August 1942, having checked Japanese advances at the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, Allied forces moved to the offensive and initiated the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Engaged in a protracted struggle for the island, numerous naval actions, such as Savo Island, Eastern Solomon's, Santa Cruz, Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, and Tassafaronga were fought as each side sought the upper hand.
Finally achieving victory in February 1943, Allied forces began moving up the Solomon's towards the large Japanese base at Rabaul. Rabaul was the focus of a larger Allied strategy, dubbed Operation Cartwheel, which was designed to isolate and eliminate the threat posed by the base.
The victory at Empress Augusta Bay secured the landing beaches while a large-scale raid on Rabaul on November 5th, which included the air groups from USS Saratoga , and USS Princeton, greatly reduced the threat posed by Japanese naval forces. Later in the month, the focus shifted northeast to the Gilbert Islands where American forces landed at Tarawa and Makin.
The presentation covers the following:
Japanese Set Sail
Battle in the Dark
Japanese Score Hits
End of Presentation
This is one of several "companion" power point presentations that I offer on... World War II.