Guadalcanal: The Island of Death

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Guadalcanal: The Island of Death documents the historic American invasion of the Japanese-controlled island. Featuring footage taken from the National Archives, this film shows how the success of this brutal battle led directly to the American armed forces gaining a foothold in the Solomon Islands.
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Guadalcanal: The Island of Death documents the historic American invasion of the Japanese-controlled island. Featuring footage taken from the National Archives, this film shows how the success of this brutal battle led directly to the American armed forces gaining a foothold in the Solomon Islands.
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Special Features

Interactive timeline of major events: Europe, Russia, North Africa, Solomon Islands ; May 1942-February 1943
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • UPC: 011301620330
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Timeless Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,234

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Pestilence [2:41]
2. Watchtower [13:40]
3. First Offensive [16:10]
4. The Battle of Savo Island [3:35]
5. First Days Ashore [:25]
6. The Tenaru [6:58]
7. The Battle of the Eastern Solomons [3:52]
8. Boredom & Fear [9:19]
9. The Battle of Edson's Ridge [17:38]
10. Matanikau River Actions [13:42]
11. The Battle of Cape Esperance [8:47]
12. The Bombardment [1:15]
13. The Battle for Henderson Field [3:24]
14. The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands [6:51]
15. Actions at Point Cruz & Koli Point [8:46]
16. The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal [9:15]
17. The Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal [12:25]
18. The Final Push [11:09]
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Side #1 --
   Guadalcanal: The Island of Death (Start Program)
   Guadalcanal: Chapter Selections
   Interactive Timeline of Major Events
      Start the Timeline
      Select a Timeline Event
         May 6, 1942: Fall of Corregidor
         May 8: Battle of the Coral Sea
         May 26: German Offensive in Libya
         June 3-4: Battle of Midway
         June 14: 1st Marines Arrive New Zealand
         June 21: Rommel Captures Tobruk
         June 25: Ike Assumes Command of ETO
         June 28: German Offensive in Russia
         July 2: Operation Pestilence Approved
         July 23: Fall of Rostov
         July 28-31: Invasion Rehearsal at Koro
         August 7: Monty Assumes Command of the 8th Army
         August 7: Landings at Guadalcanal & Tulagi
         August 9: Battle of Savo Island
         August 19: Dieppe Raid
         August 19: First Battle of the Matanikau
         August 21: Battle of the Tenaru
         August 23: Battle of Stalingrad Begins
         August 24: Battle of the Eastern Solomons
         Sept. 12-14: Battle of Edson's Ridge
         Sept. 15: USS Wasp Sunk
         Sept. 22: Germans Reach Center of Stalingrad
         Sept. 24 - Oct. 9: Matanikau River Actions
         Oct. 11: Battle of Cape Esperance
         Oct. 14: The Bombardment
         Oct 23-26: Battle for Henderson Field
         Oct. 23: Battle of El Alamein Begins
         Oct. 26: Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
         Nov. 1-4: Offensive West of the Matanikau
         Nov. 2: Axis Lines Crack at El Alamein
         Nov. 4-9: Action at Koli Point
         Nov. 8: Operation Torch
         Nov. 12-13: 1st Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
         Nov. 13: British Retake Tobruk
         Nov. 14-15: 2nd Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
         Nov. 19: Soviet Counter Offensive at Stalingrad
         Dec. 9: 1st Marine Division Relieved
         Dec. 15 - Jan. 26: Assault on Mount Austen
         Dec. 24: Drive on Tunis Halted
         Dec. 31: Tojo Orders Evacuation of Guadalcanal
         Jan. 13-23: Western Offensive Toward Kokumbona
         Jan. 23: British Retake Tripoli
         Jan. 31: German Army at Stalingrad Surrenders
         Feb. 1: Japanese Begin to Evacuate Guadalcanal
         Feb. 9: Guadalcanal Declared Secure
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Could impress Richard B. Frank

    This is a fairly accurate and concise presentation of the campaign for Guadalcanal. It seems well researched as to narration and film footage, but.... A major error in the writing brought out in the narration is the statement that the Enterprise and Yorktown were involved in the Battle of the Coral Sea--it was the Lexington and Yorktown. The film footage was a combination of "stock" footage from the Pacific Theater of WW II and some footage that, I must say, I've never seen before. On the down side as far as film footage is concerned, the use of footage from "Sands of Iwo Jima" turned me off. There MUST be combat footage that could have been used instead of Hollywood film footage. There was, also, repetition of scenes a minimum of two or three times to visualize the narration.
    Overall, though, I would have to say that it is possible that the author/historian Richard B. Frank, who wrote THE definitive book about the Guadalcanal campaign, would be impressed by, at least, the visual presentatio if not the narrative as it was written.

    Even though I may give some serious criticism of the writting and video, which could definitely have been better, on the whole this DVD set is a must have for mavens, afficianados, students and others interested in the Pacific Theater of WW II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    I found it to be a comprehensive telling of the Guadalcanal story. The inclusion of the naval engagements in chronological sequence with the land and air battles really made the viewer understand the value that was put on the island by both American and Japanese forces. It showed the learning curve that American naval officers had to achieve in order to take advantage of a new technology called "radar". The Americans had radar on some ships but really hadn't fully mastered its possibilities at Guadalcanal; and some commanders simply didn't trust it. That's why the body of water next to Guadalcanal was dubbed "Iron Bottom Sound".

    Overall, well done and worth the investnebt.

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