Friday, February 24, 2012

Post #11 WWII: Erin Gallagher

    The Battle of Guadalcanal took place on August 7th 1942. Douglas MacArthur was the commander of the allied land forces and came up with the strategy of island hopping to get Coleridge to Japan by only attacking the areas around the country. The Japanese built an airbase and the allies attacked them to put a stop to their progress.
    This struggle for land lasted 6 months and ended up being on of the longest Pacific theater battles. Named the Island of Death, 24,000 of the 36,000 Japan soldiers died. The United States lost 2 cruisers and 7 destroyers while the Japanese had lost 2 battleships, 1 cruiser, 2 dstroyers, and 10 transports. This battle mainly affected the marines and army troops for both countries. This battle was significant because it was a major turning point in the Pacific theater during World War II. Also because this is when allied forces began to fight an offensive battle in the Pacific during this time.

    In the Battle of Tobruk Italian troops try to take over Egypt for conrtol over the Suez Canal from Great Britain. Hitler sent Afrika corps, or tanks, led by Erwin Rommel. By soing this the Italians seized Tobruk. The allied forces captured 115,000 Italian prisoners and destroyed Italian forces.
    The battle of Tobruk was significant because it showed the the German blitzkrieg could be stopped and it was the first time that this was ever done. This battle also implied the Rommel could be defeated and stopped before they were able to attack Eypyt. The main groups affected by the Battle of Tobruk from the axis and allied powers were Italy, Germany, Britain, Australia, and America.

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