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MAR. 1 - HONIARA, GUADALCANAL, SOLOMON ISLANDS

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A driving rainstorm today caused flooding ashore and some tour cancellations. The six months of battles here in World War II marked a turning point in the war with the retreat of the Japanese from Guadalcanal. Tours today were to focus on those battlefields and the history of those battles.

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The intrepid few were not deterred by the storm and we were able to go to a few of the sites.

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The American War Memorial is on high ground overlooking Honiara.

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The bitter struggle resulted in the loss of 1200 aircraft, 49 ships and as many as 35,000 American and Japanese men.

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The rains we encountered today made us think of how brutal the conditions were in these jungles for the young men who fought and died here.

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The National Parliament Building (in session today so no tour)

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The island is mountainous with many of the roads (which were built during the war) running along the tops of the ridges.

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A covered portico outside the Parliament Building

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Smart dog

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On the grounds of the Solomon Islands National Museum, a reminder of war.

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A map showing the ships sunk during the struggles at Guadalcanal

Posted by Swenigale 21:25 Archived in Solomon Islands

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