US invasion fleet under attack
8th August 1942: Japanese attack US ships off Guadalcanal as the U.S. Marines get established ashore
On the 7th August 1942, just eight months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, the United States started its island campaign in the Pacific - the U.S Marines landed on the South Solomon islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida. The landings themselves were unopposed and the Japanese, who had been holding the airfield on Guadalcanal -later to be known as Henderson Field, retreated into the jungle.
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