v1.0.1 / 01 may 02 / TOC / greg goebel / public domain
* After a string of bloody defeats at the beginning of World War II in the Pacific, the United States finally rallied and began to take the offensive. The first attempt to drive the Japanese out of the Pacific empire they had seized began in the late summer of 1942, on an obscure island named Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands chain.
The battle for Guadalcanal was desperate and clumsy, with bloody blunders on both sides. The Americans did prevail, and then began a drive up the far-flung Solomons to pry loose the Japanese hold on the South Pacific. This document provides a short history of the battle for Guadalcanal.