Battle of Guadalcanal

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The battle of Guadalcanal was a very long military effort that spanned the months from August of 1942 to February of 1943. The entire extended battle represents a World War II time period that changed the course of the Allied war with the Japanese. The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, which was the most clearcut turning point of the entire effort, showed the Japanese sending warships and infantry to bombard and recapture Henderson Field. Although the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal clearly showed heavy losses on both sides, the battle was the most important turning point of World War 2 because it moved the Japanese from offensive position to defensive position and ended the virtual tie in the war for control of the South Pacific. The events of the three days from November 12th to November 15th, 1942 showed the bravery of military leaders and troops, the victory of the Allied leaders’ strategy in the war effort, and the beginning of the deterioration of Japanese strength in the war. I. Next:

a. Give a history of the war and the Battle of Guadalcanal leading UP to the Naval battle. Paraphrase your words from this source (it’s fairly easy to follow): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Battle_of_Guadalcanal

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Talk about the Allied leaders of the war efforts and how they showed bravery in the battle and helped to change the course of the war. PARAPHRASE! Good source is here: http://www.historynet.com/second-naval-battle-of-guadalcanal-turning-point-in-the-pacific-war.htm Focus on Vice Admiral Halsey, Rear Admiral Willis Lee, and Captain Glenn Davis. 1. Strategy/Risk-Taking: Start the paragraph talking about Halsey, and talk about the fact that leadership was more about taking risks and making decisions based on the current situation then following textbook military training.

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The Americans knew the enemy moves, thanks to their cryptographers. But Vice Adm. William F. Halsey, the...
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