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Guadalcanal

What do you know about Guadalcanal
Try this US World War II History Made Easy Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) The Guadalcanal campaign marked the first significant strategic combined arms victory by Allied forces over the Japanese in the Pacific theatre. For this reason, the Guadalcanal campaign is often referred to as a "turning point" in the war.Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE.  Did you know...

  • True or False?

2) On August 7, 1942, Allied forces, predominantly composed of troops from the United States, initiated landings on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomons with the objective of denying their use by Japanese forces as bases to threaten supply routes between the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.

  • True or False?

3) What island was NOT in the initial battle plan?

  1. Florida
  2. Tulagi
  3. Guadalcanal

4) The Japanese were building an airfield on Guadalcanal.
When captured by the American forces, what was the airfield's name?

  1. Madison Field
  2. Henderson Field
  3. Boynton Field

5) The aircraft flying from Guadalcanal airfield became known under what name?

  1. Cactus Air Force
  2. Ranger Air Force
  3. Solomon Air Force

6) Underestimating the strength of Allied forces on Guadalcanal, Japanese troops' unit conducted a nighttime frontal assault on Marine positions.
What was the name of the position?

  1. Alligator Creek
  2. Manor Pass
  3. Angus Way

7) Japanese destroyers were usually able to make round trips down "The Slot" (New Georgia Sound) to Guadalcanal and back in a single night throughout the campaign, minimizing their exposure to Allied air attack.
Allied forces called this as what?

  1. "Tokyo Express"
  2. "Slot Trip"
  3. "Emperor's Trail"

8) A Japanese attack would come at a narrow, grassy, 1,000-yard-long, coral ridge that paralleled the Lunga River and was located just south of the airfield.
What did the ridge become known as?

  1. Battle of Lunga Ridge
  2. Battle of Edson Ridge
  3. Battle of Hill 123

9) Up until its withdrawal in December 1942, what American unit handled the fighting on Guadalcanal?

  1. 1st U.S. Marine Division
  2. 1st U.S. Army Division
  3. US XIV Corps

10) When did the last Japanese resistance in the Guadalcanal campaign end?

  1. February 9, 1943
  2. January 10, 1943
  3. December 31, 1942

Guadalcanal [Answers]

1) True 2) True 3) C. 4) B. 5) A. 6) A. 7) B. 8) B. 9) A. 10) A.

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