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Guadalcanal & Convoys in the SW Pacific 1945

Discussion in 'Naval Warfare in the Pacific' started by raywood, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. raywood

    raywood New Member

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    My searches are not producing insight into several questions, with a particular interest in April 1945:
    • Is there a good map of convoy routes in the general area of Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines?
    • Would those routes have included Guadalcanal, or was it (as I suspect) generally bypassed and out-of-the-way by that time?
    • Would troop ships from the U.S. have gone from San Francisco to Guadalcanal, or would they rather have gone to Finschhafen, Hollandia, or some other port in the region?
    It seems the port at Guadalcanal was developed after the Allies captured it, but I'm not sure to what extent.
     
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    USMCPrice Idiot at Large

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    It depends on where in the Pacific the troops were headed. Guadalcanal was developed into a major training base, but obviously all troops didn't train there.
     
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    Funafuti was the major convoy destination in the area, convoys came from Pearl Harbor/Honolulu.
     
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    bronk7 Well-Known Member

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    ...The Canal certainly was not an ''efficient''/developed port during the critical, early battles ......in fact, it wasn't a ''port'' at all--at first ..I thought Tulagi was developed more as the Naval port since it had a sheltered harbor
     
  5. Sanddoc

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    Guadalcanal was not the end destination of a convoy sailing out or Calif
    Wellington, and Noumea. were, ports with docking, and repair facilities.
    you my have heard about this but if you have not, I'll paraphrase it.
    In May and June of 42 when the 1st Marine was being assembled, the destination was
    Wellington Nz. By this time the operation watchtower was falling behind Adm Kings schedual
    he envisioned Aug 1 as D day
    When the Marines landed in Wellington, it was a weekend and raining, and the Dock works would not
    work. So the Marines had to unload the ships.
    And the idiots in SF and other ports loaded the ships for commercial usage not military
    so the ships had to be reloaded in military order, and that was a lot of work
    But can you believe that the Dock workers would not work!!!!!!!
    should have let the Japs have Nz...
     
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    Of course, pay no nevermind to the fact that New Zealand suffered the most casualties, by proportion of population, of all Commonwealth nations.

    Also, by this logic, we should have let the Nazis have Britain...2,000+ strikes and some 3.4 million lost hours of work in 1944 alone.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Maybe something in here: Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil
    Been a good while since I digitized it. The bibliography and reference should be mined.
     
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    HyperWar has some good reads on that subject ....I think it's just as interesting, if not more, than the battles ....the build up of bases and logistics was a critical issue regarding how ''fast''' we moved across the Pacific
     

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