This Day in History
The Fight for Saipan


Invasion of Guadalcanal
August 7, 1942

On this day during World War II, U.S. forces go on the offensive for the first time in the Pacific theatre. Under the command of Rear Admiral R.K. Turner, 11,000 members of the US 1st Marine Division landed on Guadalcanal without opposition. This changes rapidly and the campaign lasts six months with some of the bitterest fighting of the war.

Mort Künstler painted this scene, The Fight for Saipan which typifies the fighting at Guadalcanal.





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All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2019. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.