This week marks the anniversary of the end of the World War II Battle for Guadalcanal. The five month long battle was one of the Pacific's most deadly. The allies needed to take the island to protect Australia and the supply line to that country.
From the landing on August 7, 1942 until February 9, 1943, a fierce battle raged on the small Pacific island. Over 60,000 men were landed on the island. The allies lost well over 10,000 soldiers, 29 ships lost and 615 aircraft shot down. The eventual Allied victory was the beginning of the end for Japanese forces.