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        Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        View images from Guadalcanal, one of the largest islands in a cluster in the South Pacific know as the Solomon Islands. It was a key strategic position for the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. U.S. Marines and other Allied troops engaged in the first offensive of the war in the Pacific on Guadalcanal. The battle lasted six months, from August 1942 until February 1943. U.S. forces were intent on taking control of the island, and particularly the air base the Japanese had built, which was renamed after the American victory, “Henderson Field."

        Guadalcanal Air Raid Shelter | Ken Burns: The War

        Marines seek shelter during an air raid on Guadalcanal. January 30, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (080-G-39215).

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        Guadalcanal Air Support | Ken Burns: The War

        A scout bomber passes over Marines in a swampy jungle area on Guadalcanal. November 2, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-75KK-20).

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        Playing Ball on Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        Marines play baseball on a makeshift diamond on Guadalcanal, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (127-GW-928-62625).

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        Sidney Phillips on Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        Sidney Phillips, second from the right, with a mortar crew on Guadalcanal. November, 1942. Credit: Sidney Phillips.

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        Carlson's Raiders on Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        Lt. Col. F. Evans Carlson (front row, third from left) with his famed Carlson's Raiders, the 2nd Raider Battalion, in Guadalcanal. February, 1943. Credit: The National Archives.

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        Guadalcanal: Evacuating Wounded | Ken Burns: The War

        Marines prepare to evacuate a wounded soldier from the front lines on Guadalcanal. January 10, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-53450).

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        Sniper Hunt on Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        Marines on Guadalcanal examine a sniper's nest. August 30, 1942. Credit: The National Archives.

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        Guadalcanal: Tenaru River | Ken Burns: The War

        The bodies of dead Japanese soldiers litter the beach at the mouth of the Tenaru River, Guadalcanal. Marines patrol the shores. 1942. Credit: The National Archives (080-G-17077).

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        Removing the Wounded on Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        Stretcher-bearers remove a wounded soldier from the fighting on Guadalcanal. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-76SS-1).

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        Bill Lansford: After Guadalcanal | Ken Burns: The War

        Bill Lansford, center, with fellow Marines after Guadalcanal. The note written on the photograph reads, "The Terrible Trio." New Hebrides, 1942. Credit: Bill Lansford.

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        Remains of Dive Bomber | Ken Burns: The War

        The smoldering remains of a dive bomber shot down by Japanese fire near Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. November 2, 1942.

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        Raiders Ridge | Ken Burns: The War

        A Marine pauses to catch his breath on Raiders Ridge, Guadalcanal. September, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (080-G-16322).

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        Sid Phillips Takes a Bathroom Break | Ken Burns: The War

        In a jungle clearing on Guadalcanal, Marines pause for a rest. Sid Phillips can be seen relieving himself off to the right. Credit: The National Archives (127-GW-895-50938).

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        Betty Grable Invitation | Ken Burns: The War

        A sign in front of a tent on Guadalcanal reads: "Betty Grable, in case of air raid, get into hole." 1942. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-61519).

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        Sniper's Nest Cleared | Ken Burns: The War

        On Guadalcanal, US Marines drag the bodies of two dead Japanese soldiers from a captured machine gun nest. January 14, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-53415).

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