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Program Title: Guadalcanal: America's First Offensive
EASC Code: AC-07
Series Title: Crusade in the Pacific
Region/Country: Asia
Language: English
Subject: History
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Release Date: 2000
Running Time: 120 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Guadalcanal: America's First Offensive
At the south end of the Solomon Islands, Japan's presence on Guadalcanal threatens the America-Australia supply lines. Extensive footage of naval, air and land fighting documents in the fierce combat at U.S. forces seize control of Guadalcanal and other key islands in the Solomon chain. American troops learn the hard way how to beat a determined enemy at jungle warfare.

War in the North: The Aleutains
To Avoid a Japanses march along the Aleutian chain to Alaska, American forces mount blistering air and artillery attacks on two islands lost to the enemy. A wealth of U.S. film footage tells the story of the strategically significant North Pacific campaign. Troops and pilots must contend not only with a human foe, but also terrain and even worse weather.

The Road Back: New Guinea
American and Austrailain forces seee repeated combat as the Japanese strive to take New Guinea. The campaign is presented in a way that places the audience right alongside the soldier in the field.- inching through jungles, trudging up impressive mountain peaks and engaging a determined enemy air power infantry fighting and paratroop operations feature in an arduoud campaign.

Up the Solomons' ladder: Bougainville
A compelling blow-by-blow account of the taking of a fortress island! Reconnaissance planes identify targets for American bombers. U.S. warships unleash their ordnance upon the island's defenses. Heavily armed marines then storm ashore, working in concert with tanks to root out a stubbornly entrenched adversary. A U.S. victory is won, but at a high price in casualties.

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