by guest Larry Loose
Ed Carus reports the famous military action protecting Guadalcanal and its freedom in 1941. Following the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 on Pearl Harbor, intelligence of the Navy reported that the Japanese were constructing a military air field on Guadalcanal at the southern end of the Solomon Islands. This had the threat of disrupting the U.S. supply route to Australia. In spite of the fact that most of the war effort was happening in the European theatre, Navy Admiral Nimitz and his staff felt that it was important for Allies to keep this airport out of Japanese control. With most money and material going to Europe and very limited resources in the Pacific, Marines landed on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942. For five months, the situation was dangerous and treacherous with the outcome hanging in the balance. The Australian and New Zealand coast watchers who hid in the dense jungles on Japanese occupied islands played an essential role in the critical “Battle for Guadalcanal.” Ed wrote and produced this amazing film which included film from the National Archives.