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Battlefield: Guadalcanal

3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Guadalcanal was the first major land battle of the Southern Pacific campaign. The island was considered key to the defense of eastern Australia and was the first step in the "march" up the Solomon Island chain to neutralize the key Japanese base at Rabaul, open up the road to the Philippines, and ultimately to Japan itself.

This episode is from the landmark television series Battlefield. Featuring fascinating archive footage from all over the world, the program includes a review of the political and military situation before the battle, portraits of leaders and commanders, an explanation of weapons and tactics, and the story of the battle itself. Vivid graphics place the battle into the context of the war as a whole.


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cromwell Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013XSC8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Christian on January 5, 2009
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This DVD gives a broad overview of the Pacific War starting in August 1942 with the Allied invasion of Guadalcanal all the way through to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and Japan's surrender in 1945. Only the first half actually covers Guadalcanal. As such, the title is quite misleading. With respect to the Guadalcanal portion, much of the "footage" is actually taken from the documentary "With the Marines at Tarawa" and is clearly not Guadalcanal. The maps are very general in nature and little mention is made of the 6 sea battles surrounding Guadalcanal. (The DVD erroneously claims that there were 4 sea battles.) While the USMC did most of the fighting on Guadalcanal, the US Army also had a significant presence and almost no mention whatsoever is given. If you are looking for a more comprehensive DVD about Guadalcanal, I recommend "Guadalcanal: Island of Death".
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I like the "Battlefield" series but some of their products are misnamed rather than misrespresented. In this case, the DVD covers Guadalcanal as a *starting point* in the Allied offensive against Japan in the Pacific, leading to ultimate victory.

This DVD covers the preparations for operation "Watchtower" - the amphibious assault on Guadalcanal - as well as the initial landings and subsequent taking of the airfield. It covers the Japanese response, the many battles during the campaign as well as *some* of the naval actions between the Allied navies and the Imperial Japanese Navy with the allies (especially the US Navy) coming off rather badly in many respects.

The video covers the commanders directly involved in the campaign, the weapons used as well as aircraft employed by both sides. It shows the Japanese leadership as well as their men as tenacious and brave yet often foolishly willing to throw away their lives in attacks that are poorly prepared, badly coordinated and unsupported by sufficient firepower or supplies. This is a recurring theme as the video continues.

The video continues with both the advance by MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Command and Nimitz's Central Pacific campaign, highlighting battles for the rest of the Solomons, New Guinea, Morotai, Tarawa, Eniwetok. Spends some time on both the Marianas Turkey Shoot as well as Leyte Gulf and MacArthur's successful return to the Phillipines. The video concludes with Iwo, Okinawa and the use of the atomic bomb to end the war.

Caveat emptor! Buyers who are expecting a DVD on Guadalcanal solely do not get that. This video covers the Allied march to victory against Japan that *began* with Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal gets more minutes of this DVD than other topics but it is still only a part of it.
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This one hour Documentary was assembled from random tape by writers who have never bothered to read a History of the Battle. The weapons sections credits Marines with the M1 rifle, of course the First Marine Division was equipped with the Springfield 1903. The Documentary ignores many of the actual battles and actually claims the Battle of Santa Cruz was the last naval action of the campaign. Thus ignoring entirely the famous Naval battles of November 1942.Never mentioned in the Doc : Halsey, Malaria, Long Lance Torpedo, Radar, Yada Yada yada. You get the Picture. As a High School Film Project I give it a B-.
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I love the Battlefield series, but this particular episode seems to fall short of their high production values. There is some wrong information presented here (such as the armament available to U.S. Marine foot soldiers) that just jump right at the viewer.
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