Guadalcanal, one of the larger islands of the Solomon group in the South West Pacific Ocean, still bears the scars and has relics of fiercely fought battles between the Japanese and United States forces during World War Two.
GV Handerson airfield (2 shots)
GV Old control tower and sign. (2 shots)
SV's Monuments (2 shots)
LV & CU's Monuments created by Japanese mission surrounded by war relics. (3 shots)
GV Alligator River.
SV & CU Rusty shells and grenades (3 shots)
GV & Sv's Wreck of old Dauntless aircraft. (3 shots)
CU Shells and old gun barrel on ground TILT UP TO rusty weapons carrier vehicle . (2 shots)
LV & SV Other debris. (3 shots)
GV & SV Gun on wrecked halt-track vehicle (4 shots)
SV Cab of wrecked truck.
GV PAN Wrecked vehicles among trees.
STV Rusty engine
GV Vehicle in undergrowth.
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Background: Guadalcanal, one of the larger islands of the Solomon group in the South West Pacific Ocean, still bears the scars and has relics of fiercely fought battles between the Japanese and United States forces during World War Two.
It was here, in 1942 and early 1943, that the Japanese advances down through the Pacific were finally checked, but not before 24 thousand Japanese and nearly two thousand American lives had been lost. The main actions began after Japanese troops had landed on the island, on July 6th of that year, to construct an airbase. In order to prevent the Japanese forces entrenching themselves too strongly, and developing an ideal base from which to sweep through the rest of the South Pacific, the U.S. 1st Marine Division poured ashore against little opposition, on August 7th, but in the months that followed many thousands of Japanese and American troops were engaged in fierce combat for possession of the island. Thirty years after, the scars of battle can still be clearly seen, and accidents are not uncommon as more and more ammunition is uncovered. In recent years thousands of Japanese and United States ex-servicemen and their families have made a pilgrimage to Guadalcanal which is a British Protectorate.