The landing on Guadalcanal and the subsequent capture of the airfield, known today as Henderson field, were important milestones in bringing the Pacific War to its definitive end. Commemorate this event and from Saturday 9 August at 07:10 until Tuesday 12 August at 07:00 CEST (UTC +2) enjoy the following in-game bonuses:
Triple Experience for the First Victory of the Day
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50% discount on all standard Tier II-V vehicles of the following nations:
30% discount on all standard Tier VI-VII vehicles of the following nations
50% discount on the following Premium vehicles:
30% discount on the British Tier VII premium tank destroyer, AT 15A
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25% discount on Emblems and Inscriptions
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10 x Large Repair Kit
10 x Large First Aid Kit
10 x Automatic Fire Extinguisher
By the summer of 1942, the Japanese had reached the high point of their conquests in the Pacific, successfully occupying territories from Burma in the west to most of the East Indies islands. In May 1942, they managed to deploy nearly 3,000 soldiers on Guadalcanal, the principal island of the Solomon Islands, and established a capable naval base on the nearby island of Tulagi. This made them a serious threat to the US, who were concerned about Japanese long-range bombers breaking up the trade routes to allied Australia and New Zealand.
As a result, a large offensive was launched under the codename Watchtower. It included around 16,000 Marines under the command of General Vandegrift. The US-led Allies surprised the enemy forces with their sheer numbers and overtook Lunga Point (later called Henderson Field), a strategically important air field that the Japanese were constructing in the region.
What followed was a month-long struggle between both parties, during which the Japanese tried to regain control of Guadalcanal and its satellite islands, while the Allies tried to keep them at bay and defend their newly established bridgehead. Although they were severely bombed throughout this period, Henderson Field and its airplanes remained firmly in US hands, limiting the advancement of Japanese ground troops, and forcing their Navy to throw even more at the now well-established Allied forces.
Even though the campaign in the Pacific focused primarily on naval and aerial combat, tanks were also used, mostly to defend Henderson Field and also as a reserve for counterattacks. The 1st Marine Division, which landed on Guadalcanal in August 1942, had a mixture of tanks at their disposal, including vehicles such as the M2A4, M3 and M3A1. The most prominent tank engagement on Guadalcanal was carried out on 21 August as a response to three failed Japanese assaults on the Marines’ positions.
Once the attacks of the remaining Yokosuka 5th Special Landing Force were repulsed, Major General Alexander Archer Vandegrift, commander of the 1st Marine Division, issued an order for the tanks to attack the Ichiki forces from behind. A platoon of M2A4 tanks from Company A was dispatched for the mission. They inflicted heavy losses on the Japanese while losing only 2 tanks.
The battles in Guadalcanal lasted until November on land, sea and also in the air. The conflict culminated in the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal from November 12th- 15th when the Japanese reinforced their troops by 7,000 in a final attempt to retake the airfield. Multiple battleships, heavy cruisers, a dozen destroyers as well as hundreds of planes on both sides, fought it out one last time in two night-time clashes, leading to almost 2,000 losses on each side.
This proved a strategic victory for the Allies, who managed to retain control of the islands and went on to replenish their naval and air fleet forces rather quickly. Japan, on the other hand, could not afford to draw out the conflict even longer, and retreated from Guadalcanal by evacuating their remaining troops in a stealth operation on February 8th, 1943.
Roll out, Commanders!