First Naval Battle of Guadacanal
A large naval battle occurred in the early morning hours of November 13th 1942. A force of 2 Japanese battleships, a light cruiser and 11 destroyers collided with an American naval force of two heavy cruisers, three light cruisers and eight destroyers. In what can only be described as a close in confused knife fight the Americans managed to turn the Japanese back but at a great loss of men and ships. That battle was fought a point blank range as the ships passed each other broadside to broadside. The Japanese did have the advantage of being better trained in night fighting but because of the melee it took its toll on both sides. In forty minutes the Americans lost 1 light cruiser, 4 destroyers with five other ships heavily damaged. The Japanese lost one battleship and 2 destroyers. Both sides limped away form each other only to have another go at each other the following night.
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