This is a 17 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on World War II – Pacific Theater - Battle of Savo Island. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Moving to the offensive after the victory at Midway in June 1942, Allied forces targeted Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Situated at the eastern end of the island chain, Guadalcanal had been occupied by a small Japanese force which was constructing an airfield. From the island, the Japanese would be able to threaten Allied supply lines to Australia. As a result, Allied forces under the direction of Vice Admiral Frank J. Fletcher arrived in the area and troops began landing on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo on August 7.
The first of a series of naval battles around Guadalcanal, the defeat at Savo Island saw the Allies lose 4 heavy cruisers and suffer 1,077 killed. In addition, Chicago and 3 destroyers were damaged. Japanese losses were a light 58 killed with 3 heavy cruisers damaged.
Despite the severity of the defeat, the Allied ships did succeed in preventing Mikawa from striking the transports in the anchorage. Had Mikawa pressed his advantage, it would have severely hampered Allied efforts to resupply and reinforce the island later in the campaign. The US Navy later commissioned the Hepburn Investigation to consider the defeat. Of those involved, only Bode was severely criticized.
The presentation covers the following:
Bode Leaves the Fight
Northern Force Defeated
Quincy & Vincennes Sunk
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading………World War II.