South Pacific area in 1942. From a US Navy publication from 1944.
Map of Solomons area in 1942 before invasion of Guadalcanal showing Japanese bases circled in red.
View of Ironbottom Sound looking southwest towards Savo Island (center) and Cape Esperance on Guadalcanal (left). Most of the nighttime warship surface engagements of November 13-15, 1942 took place in this area of water.
Aerial view of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, late August 1942. The view looks northwest with the Lunga River and Lunga Point at the top of the image. Several aircraft are parked to the left.
Smoke rises from two Japanese planes shot down during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 12 November 1942. Photographed from USS President Adams (AP-38); ship at right is USS Betelgeuse (AK-28).
Japanese air attack on ships off Guadalcanal. 12 Nov 42.
U.S. Navy RAdm Daniel J. Callaghan, killed in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, November 13, 1942.
U.S. Navy map of U.S. and Japanese ship locations, just prior to opening fire during battle of November 13, 1942. U.S. ship locations are fairly accurate, except that the first U.S. ships in line began to jumble formation just before opening fire. The Japanese ship locations aren't completely accurate.
Modified U.S. Navy map showing probable locations of Japanese ships just before battle commenced. Click on image for full explanation.
Further modification of previous map.
U.S. Navy map of naval surface battle of November 13, 1942 off Guadalcanal. U.S. ship movements are probably accurate. However, Japanese ship movements and losses are conjectured and inaccurate.
Japanese, Type 93, "Long Lance" torpedo, on display outside U.S. Navy headquarters in Washington, DC, during World War II.
Japanese battleship Hiei in 1942.
Damage to Battle II and Sky Aft of USS San Francisco as a result of actions of 12 and 13 November, taken shortly after the battle.
U.S. Navy map showing battle between U.S. ships and Japanese battleship Hiei on November 13, 1942.
Japanese captain Tameichi Hara, captain of the destroyer Amatsukaze during the battle.
B-17s of the 11th Bombardment Group based at Espiritu Santo bomb the damaged Japanese battleship Hiei north of Savo Island on November 13, 1942. Hiei appears to be trailing fuel and smoking from fires.
USS Portland undergoing repair in Sydney, Australia a month after the battle of November 13, 1942.
U.S. Navy recognition drawing for Japanese Aoba-class heavy cruisers which included Kinugasa.
US Navy map of air attacks on Japanese transport convoy approaching Guadalcanal on November 14, 1942.
Japanese Vice Admiral Nobutake Kondo.
U.S. Admiral Willis Lee.
Kondo's warship force heads towards Guadalcanal on November 14.
Map of first phase of naval battle on November 14-15, 1942. Click on image for full description.
Map of second phase of naval battle on November 14-15, 1942. Click on image for full description.
Photo taken during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 14-15, 1942, showing the U.S. battleship Washington firing upon the Japanese battleship Kirishima. The low elevation of the barrels shows how the close range of the adversaries; only 8,400 yards, point blank range for the 16"/45 caliber main armament of Washington.
Two Japanese transports, beached and burning after U.S. air attack near Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal on November 15, 1942.
Two Japanese transport ships, beached and burning after U.S. aerial attack near Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal on November 15, 1942.
U.S. battleship South Dakota (top) under repair several days after the battle of November 14-15, 1942.
Mortally stricken by aircraft from Henderson on November 14, Kinugawa Maru, one of Tanaka's troop ships, lies close to the mouth of the Bonegi River, near Tassafaronga, after being deliberately run ashore. (National Archives)
A color photo of Kinugawa Maru, taken in November, 1943.