Animated map shows Guadalcanal, where Japanese were building up a base to interdict Allied supply routes to Australia, in World War 2. U.S. marines in full battle gear board a troop transport ship. Convoy of transport ships headed to Guadalcanal. A Benham class destroyer bombarding the island from close range. On 8 August, 1942, the day after the amphibious assault on Guadalcanal, U.S. marines of the 3rd Defense Battalion, are seen descending rope net from the Transport ship USS Zeilin (AP-9, later designated APA-3) to enter landing craft headed ashore to reinforce marines fighting Japanese defenders on Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, in the Solomon Islands. U.S. ship firing its guns. U.S. marines wading ashore, relatively unapposed at Guadalcanal, on 7 August, 1942. U.S. Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber taking off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. Two officers with large binoculars are seen aboard a Japanese warship flying her Naval ensign. A Japanese Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber (Kate) taking off from carrier. A formation of Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) or Ki-44 Shōki (Tojo) aircraft in flight. Closeup of two overhead in silhouette. Glimpse of U.S. carrier (USS Wasp?) taking evasive action. Sky filled with puffs of black Flak at low altitude and contrails from dogfights at high altitude. Closeup of a Japanese Mitsubishi B5M Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber (Mabel) with others in formation in background. Bombs falling. View from carrier island of sailors running across deck of U.S. Carrier with smoke rising at site of bomb strike. Smoke obscuring the deck and beginning to clear. View from different U.S. carrier deck, past parked aircraft, to a camouflaged U.S. destroyer approaching astern. Carrier deck with Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers parked at its end, and black flak clouds overhead. Several night naval gun battle scenes followed by view of burning Japanese ship. Closeup of the wreck of the Japanese transport ship, Kinugawa Maru and views of other Japanese ships burning. U.S. army troops are seen marching along the sides of a road as they arrive in December, 1942, to relieve the marines on Guadalcanal. View of the embarkation operation on the shore as marines prepare to depart. Marines getting aboard Higgins boats (landing craft) for transport out to their transport ship, the USS Neville (AP-16, later redesignated APA-9).
United States Coast Guard operations in World War 2. Underwater views of ship's anchors being weighed, Convoy of U.S. ships in Pacific Theater, in July, 1942. The Attack Transport, USS Hunter Liggett underway, with crews doing amphibious training. Members of the 1st Marine Division aboard USS Hunter Liggett with Coast Guardsmen. Officers confer aboard vessel. Marines read books on ship. August 7, 1942, U.S. Marines begin amphibious assault against Japanese on Guadalcanal. Naval guns bombard Guadalcanal Island. Marines descend from the USS Hunter Liggett, on nets and enter LCVPs (Higgins boats) operated by Coast Guardsmen, to assault the island. Marines hit the beach from the boats. Marines firing small howitzers and advancing on the island. November 7, 1942, convoy of eight hundred ships en route to North Africa. Warships bombard the shore. An officer observes through binoculars. British and American troops descend on nets into LCVPs from Attack transports: USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13);USS Leonard Wood (APA-12); and USS Samuel Chase (APA-26). Troops hit the beaches of North Africa, under fire.
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on 26th of October, 1942 during World War II. U.S. aircraft take off from U.S. Navy USS Hornet (CV-8) carrier at dawn. Members of crew on U.S. carrier look through binoculars. Japanese bombers formation overhead. Gun crews of USS Hornet (CV-8) attack the Japanese aircraft. Japanese aircraft in flames crash. Flak bursts in sky. USS Hornet gets torpedoed and bombed heavily. USS Hornet burns. The crew abandons the USS Hornet. Members of the crew board rescue boats. USS Hornet being sunk by torpedo attacks at night. Wounded men transferred to other U.S. ships and taken ashore. New ships being launched from shipyards in United States.
Allied campaign against Quadalcanal and Solomon Islands during World War II. Captured Japanese Labor Battalion prisoners (called Termites by the Marines) and some Imperial Marines march and are lined up. Japanese prisoners seated behind a barbed wire fence. A Japanese soldier being given first aid. treatment by an American medic. Dead Japanese soldiers from a Regiment commanded by Colonel Kiyonao Ichiki, are seen on the beach at, 'Alligator Creek.' (They fell during a nighttime attack against entrenched U.S. Marines, on 21 August 1942. The ICHIKI Regiment lost 777 killed during their attack. Only six members of the regiment escaped.) Corporal Barney Ross (former U.S. boxing champion) receives a Japanese flag as a souvenir. U.S. Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz decorates Marine Colonel 'Red' Mike Edson, Commander of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and U.S. Marine pilots: Major Smith, Captain Carl and Major Gaylor during the ceremonies. Brief glimpse of Marine Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift with Admiral Nimitz
'Recent pictures from Solomon 'Aerial views of destroyed Japanese planes in Solomon Island during World War II. Several ships afire off the beach. A sunken ship in low water off the beach. Heavy black smoke pours from burning ship. Fireboat sprays water from hoses on burning vessel.
Map shows Solomon Islands in South Pacific. Truk and Australia are highlighted. Tulagi and Guadalcanal are shown. American Naval task force, including Attack Transports and warships seen underway in stormy Pacific waters. Sailors loading heavy naval guns aboard a U.S. warship. Ship's guns firing. Smoke rising from explosions on island. shows smoke rising. USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) is seen at time 1:34, firing its main battery. Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft flying low overhead. U.S. Marines land on Guadalcanal. Marines wading ashore. American Douglas SBD lands at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. B-17s on Henderson Field, including B-17E Serial number 41-9145 of the 26th Bombardment Squadron.Long column of U.S. marines snakes across edge of airfield headed towards interior of Guadalcanal. Scene shifts to jungle interior, where they march two abreast over captured terrain. A building in the background. Marines firing a 105mm Howitzers. A B-25 bomber taking off. B-26 bombers in flight. Closeup of B-26 flying over water. View from cockpit of U.S. aircraft strafing Japanese held island, striking targets at shoreline and aircraft and supplies on a Japanese airfield. Japanese marines taken prisoner on Guadalcanal. They stand in formation and are also seen sitting in confined areas.US marines patrolling shore where numerous Japanese soldiers have fallen.