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The Turning Point
The popular view of many people is that the Turning Point of the Pacific War was at Midway. While the Midway action stopped the Japanese expansion in the Central Pacific, expansion into the Solomons and New Guinea continued. The real Turning Point was Guadalcanal.
The battle for Guadalcanal not only stopped Japanese expansion, but decimated Japanese naval aviation and inflicted major damage on the IJN fleet. After Guadalcanal, Japan never mounted an effective expansion operation. Like the old Brer Rabbit story, Guadalcanal was Japan's tar baby from which it never recovered.
The allied offensive begins in the Pacific with the invasion of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and adjacent islands. I know I mention this every year. I do this to honor the memory of my father and his comrades in the 1st Marine Parachute Battalion who landed on Gavutu.
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