Solomons marks 75th anniversary of Guadalcanal Battle

8:11 am on 2 August 2017

Solomon Islands marks the 75th anniversary this month of one of the Second World War's most significant campaigns.

Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal.

Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal. Photo: WikiCommons

A number of events are being held to commemorate the Battle of Guadalcanal when Allied forces landed on islands in Guadalcanal in the southern Solomons.

The commemorations will last five days and include a conference on Saturday where veterans' families and military experts can exchange views.

The campaign, which began on August 7 1942, ran for five months and claimed 38,000 lives.

It was one of the first United States successes in the war and halted the Japanese military expansion across the Pacific.

The Solomons' Coastwatchers and Scouts group is staging the conference, Among Those Present; Exploring New Perspectives of the World War Two Experience in Solomon Islands.

Speakers are to talk about major battles, operations 'behind the lines' and the first aerial dogfights involving American and Japanese fighter aircraft.

There will be stories as well about the experience of the coastwatchers posted around the Solomons to monitor Japanese activity.