Land Battle for Guadalcanal, (August 1942–February 1943) Part II

U.S. Army Major General Alexander Patch (center) succeeds Vandegrift (right) on 9 December 1942. The lack of a harbor compounded U.S. supply problems, as did Japanese aircraft attacks. Allied “coast watchers” on islands provided early warning to U.S. forces of Japanese air and water movements down the so-called Slot of the Solomons. The battle on […]

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Land Battle for Guadalcanal, (August 1942–February 1943) Part I

United States Marines rest in the field during the Guadalcanal campaign. According to Ken Burns’ film The War, the Marine in the right background is Sidney Phillips of Mobile, Alabama. Another source dates this photo to 8/8/42, and identifies the reclining Marine with hands behind head as “Bill Coggin” Bitter contest between the Japanese and […]

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