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This is a 19 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on World War II – Pacific Theater - Battle of Tassafaronga. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Having stemmed Japanese advance in the Pacific at the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway in late spring 1942, Allied forces began shifting the to the offensive. In early August, troops landed on Tulagi and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
On the latter island, they seized an airfield that was being constructed by Japanese forces. Quickly becoming the focus of both sides, the Battle of Guadalcanal was contested both on the island and the surrounding waters. As Henderson Field on Guadalcanal became operational, its aircraft, dubbed the "Cactus Air Force," came to control the waters around the island during daylight hours.
The fighting at Tassafaronga cost Wright 1 heavy cruiser sunk, 3 badly damaged, and 395 killed. Japanese losses were limited to the loss of Takanami and 197 killed. Though the 3 American heavy cruisers would be repaired, they were out of action for 9 months.
A disaster for the US Navy, it reduced American cruiser forces in the Pacific to 4 heavy cruisers and 9 light cruisers. Despite the defeat, Wright was awarded the Navy Cross for his performance, while Halsey attempted to pin blame on Cole for launching the torpedo attack from long range and then leaving the area rather than staying to aid the cruisers. Though a tactical victory for the Japanese, the battle had prevented Tanaka from releasing the drums of supplies.
Over the next 2 weeks, 3 attempts were made to land drums of supplies. While a mission on December 3 successfully released 1,500 drums, the majority were destroyed by Allied aircraft the next morning before they could be recovered. Subsequent missions on December 7 and 11 also failed to land a meaningful amount of supplies. With the situation rapidly deteriorating, the Japanese evacuated their force from the island in early February 1943.
The presentation covers the following:
Japanese Supply Situation
Preparation for Battle
Battleships Destroyed (2)
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading………World War II.