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Turning the Tide in the Pacific—Midway and Guadalcanal

Lecture no. 14 from the course: World War II: A Military and Social History

 Turning the Tide in the Pacific—Midway and Guadalcanal

Taught by Professor Thomas Childers | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Two extraordinary battles, one at sea and one on land, marked the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The first crushes the Japanese Navy and preserves the American position in Hawaii; the second marks the first defeat for Japanese land forces and sets the tone for the ferocious combat that would characterize Japanese-American combat throughout the South Pacific.