|Part of the Pacific Theater of World War II|
November 1942 - United States Marines rest in the field during the Guadalcanal campaign
|Empire of Japan|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Robert L. Ghormley
William Halsey, Jr.
Richmond K. Turner
| Isoroku Yamamoto
|60,000 men (ground forces)||36,200 men (ground forces)|
|Casualties and losses|
29 ships lost
615 aircraft lost
38 ships lost
683–880 aircraft lost
The Guadalcanal Campaign was fought between August 7, 1942, and February 9, 1943, in the Pacific theatre of World War II. This campaign, which was a decisive and strategically important campaign of World War II, was fought on the ground, at sea, and in the air between Allied forces against Imperial Japanese forces. The fighting took place on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the southern Solomon Islands, and was the first major offensive launched by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.
On August 7, 1942, Allied forces, mainly from the United States, started landings on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomons with the aim to make supply routes between the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand safer. The Battle of Guadalcanal was one of the first long campaigns in the Pacific.
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