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  Guadalcanal Campaign, August 1942 - February 1943
At sea, the campaign featured two major battles between aircraft carriers that were more costly to the Americans than to the Japanese, and many submarine and air-sea actions that gave the Allies an advantage.
With all this, the campaign's outcome was very much in doubt for nearly four months and was not certain until the Japanese completed a stealthy evacuation of their surviving ground troops in the early hours of 8 February 1943.
Savo Island is in the center distance and Cape Esperance, on Guadalcanal, is at the left.
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  HMAS Canberra - Battle of Savo Island
In the darkness of the early hours of the morning of 9 August 1942 the RAN heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged off Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) in a surprise attack by a powerful Japanese naval force in an action that became known as the Battle of Savo Island.
Battle casualties of the Battle of Savo Island
The sinking of HMAS Canberra and the Battle of Savo Island
www.awm.gov.au /encyclopedia/ww2_navy/savo.htm   (302 words)

  Savo Island
Savo Island is a minor island in the Solomon Islands group in the South Pacific ocean.
The battles fought near Savo in the period 1942-1943 were initially called the "First Battle of Savo Island", the "Second Battle...", through the Fifth.
Prior to the First Battle of Savo Island there was a racist belief within the USN that the Japanese had poor eyesight and would not do well in night naval fighting.
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 Guadalcanal Campaign
The majority of the land battles fought on the island involved guerrilla warfare by the highly trained and heavily armed Japanese marines, which were scattered throughout the island.
Instead of the unsuccessful box format that was used in the battle of Savo Island, Rear Admiral Scott had his ships in a line ahead formation, which allowed him to use his destroyers to put the spotlight on targets, then using the cruisers to destroy them.
Guadalcanal was one of the first battles of the Pacific War that the Allies were on the offensive, and from Guadalcanal on, the Allies would have a string of victories that eventually led to the victory through the new island-hopping campaign that was used.
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 Battle of Savo Island
The Battle of Savo Island was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on 9 August 1942 between cruiser squadrons of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Allied navies.
The battle of Savo Island was one of the most complete and humiliating defeats that the US Navy had ever suffered and, as a result, the Allied warships and transports were withdrawn to the New Hebrides.
The second battle of Savo Island is now better known as the battle of Cape Esperance.
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 General RAN History (Sea Power Centre - Australia)
On the morning of the 9 August 1942 the Royal Australian Navy's heavy cruiser HMAS CANBERRA was sunk after being severely damaged during a naval battle off Savo Island in the Solomon Islands group.
The American cruisers VINCENNES, ASTORIA and QUINCY with the destroyers HELM and WILSON patrolled an area to the east of Savo Island.
As a result of the Battle of Savo Island just over 1,000 Allied sailors lost their lives and another 700 were wounded.
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 BB 55 during World War II - Guadalcanal
The Battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1942 and the Battle of Midway in June effectively thwarted two major offensive thrusts of the Imperial Japanese Navy in their attempts to gain control of Port Moresby, New Guinea and Midway, the westernmost island in the Hawaiian chain.
In August 1942 was the surface action in the Battle of Savo Island on the 9th, the Marines in the Battle of the Tenaru River on the 21st and the aircraft carrier Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 - 25.
In October was the surface Battle of Cape Esperance on 11 - 12, the land Battle of Henderson Field on 23 - 26 and the aircraft carrier Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on the 26th.
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In this version of the Savo Island battle, the Japanese have already penetrated the radar picket line and are about to engage the American cruisers.
The next morning, as the American cruiser Juneau was sailing away from the battle, it was struck and sunk by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine and over 700 men, including the five Sullivan brothers, went down with the ship or later perished in life rafts waiting to be rescued.
In this hypothetical scenario, the Japanese attack on Guadalcanal of 14 November is modified to include the Yamoto and the addition of a reinforcement group whose task it is to reach the reinforcement objective in the scenario.
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 The Battle of Savo Island: August 9th, 1942
Savo Island split The Slot, the body of water between the eastern and the western Solomons, in two lanes of approach.
Mikawa's units sighted the island of Savo at 0047, and three minutes later, lookouts spotted the destroyer Blue, on its southerly patrol leg, at a mere 10,000 yards.
As the battle unfolded, further problems reduced Mikawa's line, now merely a loosely connected and very broad bar instead of a neat line, but it was not later than 0220 that all three U.S. cruisers were reduced to swimming wrecks.
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 [1.0] The Guadalcanal Campaign: Stumbling Into Battle
The island coastwatchers were recruited from local traders, government workers, planters, and missionaries who knew their surroundings well and had good relationships with the locals.
North of Guadalcanal is the smaller Florida Island, which possesses a fine natural harbor on its south coast, protected from the open sea by the tiny island of Tulagi.
The island's terrain is very rugged, with a spine of mountains running down the center and extending their reaches to the southern shore.
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 Battle of Savo Island
The island chain runs northwest to southeast with Bougainville in the northwest, New Georgia in the middle and Guadalcanal in the southeast.
The western approaches to Savo Sound were guarded by a screening force of six heavy cruisers and six destroyer (the battle fleet had been destroyed at Pearl Harbor) in two groups covering both passages.
Unaware of the nature of the battle, VAdm Fletcher's 3 carrier and 1 battleship force was withdrawing and not in range to attack the withdrawing enemy cruisers at first light.
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 Battle of Savo Island - Definition, explanation
The Battle of Savo Island was a naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, fought on August 9, 1942, between cruiser squadrons of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Allied naval forces.
The Battle of Savo Island was the most complete and humiliating defeats that the US Navy ever suffered and, as a result, the Allied warships and transports were withdrawn to the New Hebrides.
The Second Battle of Savo Island is now better known as the Battle of Cape Esperance.
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 Print Article: Solomons force honours sunken ship   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Australia's warship in the Solomon Islands, HMAS Manoora steamed to the wreck of HMAS Canberra to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the Battle of Savo Island.
A memorial service to the 1,300 Allied soldiers killed during the brutal battle against the Japanese was held aboard the Manoora, which has been deployed to support the Australian-led intervention force in the Solomons.
The Manoora circled the wreck of HMAS Canberra, which was sunk by the Japanese in 1942 and now lies in almost 800 metres of water near Savo Island, off the main island of the Solomons, Guadalcanal.
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 Guadalcanal Naval Battles
The island of Tulagi had been occupied by the Japanese during the Battle of the Coral Sea in May, 1942.
However, in June the Japanese began constructing a full-fledged airbase on the nearby island of Guadalcanal.
Unfortunately, it wasn't just a battle, it was a campaign; a campaign they could not hope to win, as the material superiority of their adversary, and the willingness of the Americans to accept stunning naval losses to hold the island gradually eroded the vital cruiser and destroyer strengths of the Japanese Navy.
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 A Guadalcanal Chronology & Order of Battle
The intensity of the battles at sea and on land was due in great part to the rough equality of the forces involved.
When the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or the Gunfight at the OK Corral, has been gone over virtually minute by minute, there is no good reason why the Battle of Savo Island should not get the same treatment.
Battle of Savo Island, Canberra, Astoria, Quincy, &
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 Royal Australian Navy Gun Plot HMAS Canberra Battle Of Savo Island
Two were guarding the channels on either side of Savo Island.
The Battle of Savo Island was one of the sharpest reverses suffered by the US navy in the war.
HMAS Australia had not taken part directly in the Savo Island Battle because Rear Admiral Crutchley had been ordered to attend a conference with Rear-Admiral Turner on the transport McCawley and had left Captain H. Bode of Chicago in charge of his patrol group.
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 Article-The Battle of Savo Island- The Harrowing Account of the Disastrous Night Battle Off Guadalcanal that Nearly ...
The Battle of Savo Island is the story of the opening engagement of the Solomon Islands campaign, a unique chapter in naval history.
Carrier Clash: The Invasion of Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Eastern Solomons August 1942
It was unusual as a naval battle in that it was fought o...
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As Napoleon once remarked, "Between a battle lost and a battle won, the distance is immense, and there stand empires." While the US victory at Midway may have shut the door on the Japanese, it was the eventual American supremacy at Guadalcanal that firmly locked it.
In chronological order they were; The Battle of Savo Island, The Battle of the Eastern Solomon's, The Battle of Cape Esperance, the Battle of Santa Cruz, The First (naval) Battle of Guadalcanal, The Second (naval) Battle of Guadalcanal and the Battle of Tassafaronga.
The USS Atlanta was also the flagship of Rear Admiral Norman Scott, and as the two antagonists met she was caught in the glare of Japanese searchlights, to which she promptly replied with a salvo of five inch shells from her main guns.
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 Savo Island
Located in Iron Bottom Sound, this island is visible from nearly every point on the north cost of Guadalcanal, the island has the appetence of the profile of a person lying down.
During the naval actions, Savo was often between the opposing American and Japanese warships.
On the night of August 8-9th is the Battle of Savo Island, resulting in the loss of the Canberra, Astoria, Quincy.
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 The History of Guadalcanal in WWII   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The battle for the island was one of the fiercest confrontations between the Allied Forces and the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces.
On January 23, 1942, Japanese forces seize control of Rabaul on the island of New Britain in the northern Solomon Islands.
On August 21, the Battle of the Tenaru River, which was the first Japanese attempt to reduce Marine perimeters, is won by the Allied Forces, who decimate the Japanese assault.
www.bergen.org /AAST/Projects/SunkenShips/Guadalcanal/history.html   (634 words)

 Decades History Timelines - Battles of Guadalcanal   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the first battle of Savo Island, the Allies loose 4 heavy cruisers and a destroyer.
The battle is not decisive, but planes from Henderson and the Saratoga prevent a convoy carrying Japanese reinforcements from getting through.
By the end of the month, the Japanese force had been confined to a small corner of the island from which they were evacuated by Japanese naval forces.
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 War at Sea: Guadalcanal Campaign Pt. 1
The islands served as a crossroads in the South Pacific and before the war witness the movement of a great volume of goods between the Pacific nations.
The first targets in the Solomons would be the islands of Tulagi, Florida and Guadalcanal at the southernmost point in the island chain.
A series of running battles with first the South group and then the north group stationed near Savo Island proved fatal for the Allies.
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 The Catholic Voice - Today's News
The church's founder and first pastor, Father William Evans, was one of those saved during the Battle of Savo Island off the Solomon Islands in August 1942.
Father Evans had a deep affection for the United States and Americans after the Battle of Savo Island, when a large Japanese naval force destroyed the HMAS Canberra.
The foundation stone was blessed by Cardinal Norman Gilroy of Sydney on Coral Sea Sunday, May 6, 1962, which commemorates the battle of the Coral Sea, one of the war's turning points in the Pacific.
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 Reviews of 'The Battle of Savo Island: The Harrowing Account of the Disastrous Night Battle Off Guadalcanal that Nearly ...
The Battle of Savo Island: The Harrowing Account of the Disastrous Night Battle Off Guadalcanal that Nearly Destroyed the Pacific Fleet in August 1942
In the span of eight minutes, four Allied heavy cruisers (USS Astoria, USS Vincennes, USS Quincy, and HMAS Canberra) were sunk by the Japanese, whose expertise at night fighting and the use of torpedoes became painfully clear to the Allies on this night.
It does a good job of describing one of the darkest days of the United States Navy and the lessons which were learned from the defeat.
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