Guadalcanal: A Real HOT POTATO

Bartlett, Merrill L.
November 2007
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Nov2007, Vol. 133 Issue 11, p62
Conference Proceeding
The article examines the perceived lack of the U.S. Navy's support for Marines during the Guadalcanal campaign against the Japanese forces in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Under the Operation Watchtower, proposed by Admiral Ernest J. King, the 1st Marine Division began to arrive in New Zealand in June 1942 led by Major General Archer A. Vandegrift. However, few of the Navy commanders gave serious thought to the resupply and support for the Marines about to be dumped onto a hostile shore.


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