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Posted: Wed 8 Nov - 08:05 (2017) Post subject: The Three Strategic Lessons of Guadalcanal
It is interesting. If I am not wrong, Tuglai was not that an important strategic spot before the Allied took it away. Suddenly the whole island of Guadalcanal became a bone of contention, of which the IJN was force to pour all her already limited resources away from the Indian ocean.
Too bad the article does not address more on those backgrounds.
Posted: Wed 8 Nov - 21:42 (2017) Post subject: The Three Strategic Lessons of Guadalcanal
Yes interesting read.
Well regarding Tulagi, it was not very important but with an airfield in Guadalcanal and a seaplane base in Tulagi, the situation was unacceptable for the Allies. Clearly the Solomons did not have any interest in themselves except they were a step for the Japanese towards the Fiji and New Caledonia with the final objective of cutting the lane between USA and Australia and trying to put the latter out of the war. This would have been a huge success for the Japanese but, as stated in the paper, they were far from homeland and their logistics was at its extreme extent.
Regarding streching the enemy and battling him in details, it is a very old story. Just think about the Horatius and Curiatius brothers in the ancient legendary Rome...