65th Anniversary of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

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  1. syscom3

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    Aug 7th 1942

    I wanted to be the first to say it.....hats off to all the veterans who participated in the first allied counter offensive in the PTO.

    We also shouldn't forget the ANZAC troops who were fighting their own bloody battles on the Kokoda Trail.
     
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    Here are some pics of the invasion.
     

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    Here's some more.
     

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    We all know that the USN had its collective ass's whooped.

    In memory of those brave bluejackets that again the misfortune to drink from the bitter dregs of defeat, I am posting the USN War college analysis of the battle.

    Its one long read, sometimes hard to follow, but its quite detailed about the events.
     

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    amen to both
     
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    :salute: And most of the Marines were fighting the Japanese with Springfield '03s, cranking a bolt for each of their five shots.
     
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    Youre right!

    I wonder if the '03's were more reliable than the M1A's in the jungle?
     
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    The '03s were reliable, but I'll take the Garand, jungle or no jungle.
     
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    Count me in.
     
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    I talked to a Vet of the Canal and he said that Marines issued with the Reising were not happy campers...especially when they found out that FDR had sent the vast majority of Thompsons to the UK...He also said that if you wanted to have a Reising, then go to the Canal and look in the rivers...Cause that is where those issued them "lost' them and traded back up to the 03.
    I was in a little gun shop somewhere in East Texas and they had a Reising in the rack, when I asked the owner what it was he just shrugged and said all he knew was it was .45 cal, he took it as a trade in...before I could get back someone else had nicked it....The owner didn't even know it was an Automatic!!!!
     
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    What is a "reising"?
     
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    From all accounts I have heard...POS covers it...
     
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    Great pics and read fellas....
     
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    For the Japanese on those small islands, being bombed means little room to dodge bombs, for the ocean traps you in!
     
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    The islands of the Solomons were anything but "small"
     
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    Neither was New Guinea.
     
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    I meant Tamabogo Island, in the photos! It looks barely a mile across!
     
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    All of the combatants of the war in the Pacific (CBI included) learned early on that the flexible and fibrous husk of coconut tree's absorbed bullets and fragments with unusual efficiency.
     
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    And they had their rat tunnels too.
     
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