Accession Number : ADA600662


Title :   The Defense of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA


Personal Author(s) : Filler, Brian A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a600662.pdf


Report Date : 31 Mar 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : US forces can defend airbases more effectively in the future by analyzing and applying the lessons learned from America's premier example of airbase defense: Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. The Marines established three defense rings in each domain: an inner; intermediate; and outer ring. US forces had to defend against Japanese ground, air, and naval attacks. The defenders were tested daily and the Japanese made three noteworthy combined arms attacks aimed at recapturing Henderson Fjeld: the Battle of the Tenaru; the Battle of Edson's Bloody Ridge; and the Battle of Henderson Field. US forces emerged from these combined arms battles victorious. Many of the lessons learned at GUlildalcanal have been forgotten because of the historically unprecedented military dominance the US maintains. Today's airbase defenders must have the organic capability to conduct static and mobile ground defense and to provide direct, indirect, anti-armor, and anti-aircraft fires. This must be augmented by enhanced anti-armor, air and missile defense, and anti-ship capabilities. This will ensure American airbases are secure and the US maintains air dominance


Descriptors :   *AIR POWER , *MILITARY HISTORY , *SECOND WORLD WAR , AIR DEFENSE , LESSONS LEARNED , MILITARY FACILITIES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE