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August 7 1942 Large force of ships unknown number or types entering the sound What can they be Tapped a Japanese radio operator stationed on the island of Tulagi neighboring Guadalcanal This was the beginning of a pivotal battle at Guadalcanal which would lead to the road to Tokyo and victory The battle that lasted over six months presented US troops with the obstacles of nature and the Japanese These were overcome but at a considerable cost The Japanese fought with tactics foreign to American soldiers presenting a new type of battle The Japanese lost the Battle of Guadalcanal to the United States due to their strategies and assumptions that were grounded in ignorance The cultural precepts of the Japanese soldier had a negative impact on their effectiveness in battle Bushido led the samurais to believe that a single samurai could handle up to ten marines In the battle of Tenaru this ideology of Bushido manifested itself A sizable amount of the 10000 soldiers was stationed at a beachhead near Tenaru Colonel Kiyono Ichiki arrogantly sent out 1000 soldiers to overtake the beachhead The Japanese troops were decimated with 827 casualties whereas the Americans suffered only 128 deaths The attacks by Japanese soldiers who never gave up proved brave but fatal because of their overestimation of their strengths as a samurai The prejudices about American troops proved fatal Colonel Kiyono Ichiki believed that in the mind of an American the night was for dancing Attacks on US troops were planned at night because of this ignorant misconception and to the amazement of the Japanese they were beat at night due to their weak attacks After the US had won all the decisive battles at Guadalcanal the emperor continued to underestimate the US and produced this arrogant statement The darkness is very deep but dawn is about to break in the eastern sky Today the finest of the Japanese army navy and air units
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