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BF1942 CORSAIR OVER GUDALCANAL

A Vought F4U Corsair flies over Guadalcanal

BF1942 ZERO OVER GUADALCANAL

A Mitsubishi A6M Zero flies over Guadalcanal

The Battle of Guadalcanal was a battle in the Pacific theater of World War II, fought in 1942-3 between Allied forces (the American, Australian and New Zealand) and Japan. It's featured as a map in Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 1943.

Battlefield 1942Edit

Guadalcanal
BF1942 Guadalcanal
Game

BF1942 Icon Battlefield 1942

Part of the

Second World War

Teams

United States Marine Corps vs. Imperial Japanese Navy

Date

August 7th 1942 - February 9th 1943

Location

Solomon Islands

Terrain

Hilly

Mode(s)

Conquest

Platform(s)

PC

Guadalcanal
"On the Solomon Island of Guadalcanal, the Japanese have begun an attack on an airfield that, when fully operational, could play a major role in turning the tide of war in their favor. From this island, Japanese forces could significantly extend their range of attack in the Pacific. They could then rely on steady waves of land-based air support to complement their naval forces. American troops have landed on Guadalcanal where, after an ominously quiet landing, they are now encountering fierce opposition from the heavily entrenched enemy. The US mission is straightforward, but by no means simple."
— Map Briefing

Guadalcanal is a reasonably long map, with uncapturable bases at each end. Between these are 4 capturable points. Two of these, located atop large hills symmetrically placed on the island are flags, held one each by the US and Japanese forces. There are also 2 neutral points, one in a village on the plain to the east, and the other on the cliffs to the west.

In the multiplayer variant, each side also has a fleet, consisting of a submarine and 2 destroyers.

EquipmentEdit

Japan Flag Imperial Japanese Navy
Light vehicle(s)

Type 95 Kurogane

Half-track(s)

Type 1 Ho-Ha

Medium tank(s)

Type 97 Chi-Ha

Self-propelled artillery

Wespe

Fixed-wing aircraft
Boat(s)

Daihatsu-class landing craft (Multiplayer)

Ship(s)
Emplacement(s)

Flak 38

Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps
Light vehicle(s)

Willys MB

Half-track(s)

M3 Half-track

Medium tank(s)

M4 Sherman

Self-propelled artillery

M7 Priest

Fixed-wing aircraft
Boat(s)

LCVP (Multiplayer)

Ship(s)
Emplacement(s)

40mm Bofors

BasesEdit

AirfieldsEdit

The game features 2 airfields.

The Japanese airfield, a large base at the South of the island, is the uncapturable starting point for the Axis forces. Players can spawn at two points; either near the flag inside the base or at the end of the nearby airstrip. The base contains multiple structures, including two repair pads, where most of the ground vehicles spawn. There is also a Flak 38 at the exit of the base. To the east of the base itself is the airstrip, where the Japanese aircraft spawn, along with a single Kurogane. There are also two Flak 38s, at each end of the airstrip, surrounded by sandbags. This airfield is home to, or is capable of spawning, 3 Type 97 Chi-Has, 2 Kuroganes, 2 Wespes, a Hanomag, 3 Flak 38s, 2 Zeroes and a Aichi D3A Val

A virtual mirror image of the Japanese airfield, the US airfield is the starting point for the Allied forces, located at the North of the island. Again, players can spawn at two points: either the flag inside the base or at the end of the airstrip and again it features multiple structures, including two repair pads. In the same places as their respective Japanese counterparts, the airfield contains or spawns 3 Shermans, 2 Willys MBs, 2 M7 Priests, an M3A1, 3 40mm Bofors, 2 Vought F4U Corsairs and an SBD.

FleetsEdit

The IJN fleet, seen only in the multiplayer game, is composed of two Akizuki-class destroyers and one U-Boat Type VIIC submarine. Players can spawn at either extremity of either destroyer to access the Daihatsu-class landing crafts or the bridge of the destroyers or at the submarine.

The US fleet is almost identical. Found only on the multiplayer, it features 2 Fletcher-class destroyers, a Gato-class submarine and 4 LCVPs hanging from the back of the destroyers.

BunkersEdit

The Japanese Bunker is the closest capturable flag to the Japanese Airfield, initially under Japanese control. It consists of a single concrete bunker on a steep hill.It contains an ammo box and medical facilities and it is capable of spawning, under Japanese control, a Type 97 Chi-Ha and, under US control, a Sherman. The US Bunker is identical and it has the same things as the Japanese Bunker.

VillageEdit

The Village is on the Western coast of the island, in the middle of the map. It consists of three houses, mostly surrounded by sandbags, except for a single opening. It is usually where the heat of the ground battle happens, with both sides continuously fighting inside the village and around it. Infantry may find it difficult to navigate safely around the base due to the number of armored units attracted to the point.

It is capable of spawning, under Japanese control, a Type 97 Chi-Ha, a Wespe and a Type 1 Ho-Ha. Under US control it spawns a Sherman, a Priest and a Willys MB.

OutpostEdit

The Outpost is on the island's Eastern coast, in the middle of the map, located on a small plateau bordered by the surrounding mountains. It is behind the hills separating the island and is connected to the rest of the flag by three roads: one coming from the Japanese Airfield, one from the US Airfield and another from the Village.

Under Japanese control it spawns a Type 97 Chi-Ha and a Type 95 Kurogane. Under US control, it spawns a Sherman and a Willys MB

OutcomesEdit

"After this glorious victory, Japanese command will not hesitate in its plans to invade Australia. By sending ship after ship to ocean bottom, the Imperial Fleet assured that Japan would maintain its grip on Guadalcanal. Enemy forces received lessons today from Japan's superior soldiers in the jungle and from its superior firepower at sea."
— Japanese victory
"This loss is devastating to Japan's plan to invade Australia. Now that Guadalcanal has fallen into enemy hands, it will be extremely difficult for the Imperial Fleet to win the war in the Pacific. Sure to take advantage of the weakened condition of Japan's forces at sea, it won't be long before the Allies launch another massive attack aimed at final victory in the Pacific. Japan must regroup quickly to prepare for this fight to the finish"
— Japanese defeat
"With Guadalcanal secured, the US has dealt stinging blow to the Imperial Fleet. Japanese troops fought with fierce determination for every inch of the island. In the end, though, Marines surged through the jungle and secured the airfield. With this victory, it's possible that the Japanese fleet has been handed a defeat from which it can't recover. The Imperial Navy is in retreat, and it appears that final victory in the Pacific is within America's grasp."
— American victory
"The Allied forces in the Pacific will feel the shockwaves of this loss for a long time. With Guadalcanal lost, it will be a brief matter of time before Japan unleashes renewed efforts to strike out further on its reign of terror in the Pacific. The American fleet needs to regroup and get ready to fight a Japanese force made stronger by this victory in the Solomon Islands"
— American defeat


Battlefield 1943Edit

Guadalcanal
BF1943 GUADALCANAL OVERVIEW
Game

Battlefield 1943

Part of the

Second World War

Teams

USMC vs. IJN

Date

August 7th 1942 - February 9th 1943

Location

Solomon Islands

Terrain

Hilly

Mode(s)

Conquest

Guadalcanal map
"This hilly island north east of Australia saw heavy fighting between August of 1942 and February of 1943 in a combined land, sea and air operation, the Allies managed to capture it from the Japanese in a campaign that is considered to be a turning point in the war."
— Loading Screen Tip
Guadalcanal is one of the four maps available in Battlefield 1943. It is also one of the first three original maps released. It is the only map devoid of any naval combat and also the only one not to include the presence of an aircraft carrier.

EquipmentEdit

800px-Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy
Light vehicle(s)

Type 95 Kurogane

Main battle tank(s)

Type 97 Chi-Ha

Fixed-wing aircraft
Emplacement(s)

40mm Bofors

Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps
Light vehicle(s)

Willys MB

Main battle tank(s)

M4 Sherman

Fixed-wing aircraft
Emplacement(s)

40mm Bofors

Neutral
Emplacement(s)

Air Raid Bunker

USMC BaseEdit

The USMC Base is the permanent flag and starting point for the USMC forces. It consists of an airstrip, multiple buildings and a few concrete guard towers. It spawns 2 Willys MBs, 2 M4A1 Shermans and 2 Vought F4U Corsairs.

Fuel DumpEdit

The Fuel Dump is the closest flag to the USMC base. It provides a 40mm Bofors anti-air gun at a high place, which can be very useful at taking down enemy aircraft. Under USMC control it spawns a Willys MB, while under IJN control it spawns a Type 95 Kurogane. To one side of the base is a cliff which is excellent for snipers. The cliff can be a good viewpoint for Radio Bunker and Outpost, as well as Fuel Dump.

RidgeEdit

BF1943 GUADALCANAL RIDGE

The Ridge

The Ridge is the center-most flag of the map. Control of this flag allows easy access to any other flags on the map. It is placed atop of a tall mountain and is composed of a concrete guard tower and a small arrangement of sandbags. It is near impossible to access this flag with a light vehicle as it is too steep to go up and jumping down from the ridge on the North-East side of the flag with a light vehicle will most likely get it destroyed. Tanks can climb up to the flag, however.

BF1943 GUADALCANAL JAPANESE FORCES ASSAULTING RIDGE

Japanese forces assault the Ridge from the Village

Often, a single well-coordinated tank can single-handedly capture the flag, though infantry can spawn from all sides and a lucky scout can easily sneak up on a tank, considering how tight the area is. The concrete tower is generally a choke point for spawning players. Enemy players entering the guard tower in order to capture the flag should be careful, as they can be surprised by a player that suddenly spawns. Players from both the Fuel Dump and Radio Bunker will have a clear view on the flag, making it a common target for snipers. No vehicles spawn here.

VillageEdit

The Village is on the South-East side of the map, very close to the Ridge. It is a small cluster of light buildings and two guard towers, surrounded by forest. Players can often see heavy fighting here, as the use of the extra vehicles and the abundance of usable cover makes it easy for there to be a large amount of destruction and ambushes. There is also an airstrip by the water, where there are two steal guard towers. Under USMC control it spawns an M4A1 Sherman and a Vought F4U Corsair, while under IJN control it spawns a Type 97 Chi-Ha and a Mitsubishi A6M Zero

OutpostEdit

The Outpost is an isolated flag, consisting of two concrete guard towers and formation of sandbags. The most prominent feature of the flag is that it allows access to the Air Raid Bunker. Under USMC control it spawns an M4A1 Sherman and a Willys MB, while under IJN control it spawns a Type 97 Chi-Ha and a Type 95 Kurogane. It is about the same distance from both deployments, so there can be battles here right from the word go. The hill surrounding it often have snipers, and the road up to Ridge often has many enemies throwing down grenades.

Radio BunkerEdit

The Radio Bunker is the closest flag to the IJN Base. Like the Fuel Dump, it also provides a 40mm Bofors anti-air gun and spawns, under USMC control, a Willys MB and, under IJN control, a Type 95 Kurogane. It is a good sniping point, because it features a bunker.

IJN BaseEdit

The IJN Base is the permanent flag and starting point for the Imperial Japanese Navy. It consists of an airstrip, multiple buildings and a few concrete guard towers. It spawns 2 Type 95 Kuroganes, 2 Type 97 Chi-Has and 2 Mitsubishi A6M Zeroes.


TriviaEdit

ReferenceEdit

  1. XBOX 360 screenshot showing a Swedish sand castle

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