Guadalcanal Operation. Volume 3
MARINE DIV (1ST) CAMP PENDLETON CA
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Phase 3 Organization of the Lunga Point Defenses- On Guadalcanal all ground objectives had been occupied by sunset on August 8 but unloading operations were proceeding at a most unsatisfactory rate due to insufficient labor to unload boats and clear beaches. Congested beach conditions existed from the Tenavatu stream to the Block Four river, and in consequence divisional supplier were exposed to possible air, sea and ground attack. In addition a strong sea-born attack from the direction of Rabaul appeared imminent. All naval forces had withdrawn the evening of the 9th after heavy losses the previous night in the First Battle of Savo. In view of the foregoing it was decided on the morning of 9 August to suspend ground operations temporarily in order to organize beech defenses on Lunga Point and move all supplies within the defensive position thus established.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics