It is the year of 1942, both the German Army and the Imperial Japanese Forces are at the peak of their military campaign.
In the Pacific the Japanese Forces occupy the islands at Australia´s doorstep. Some Australian Cities like Darwin are already threatened by the Japanese air force.
But change is on its way.
Allied Troops stand ready to regain control over all the islands and force the Japanese Troops back, island by island. On the 7th of August 1942 the American Marines storm the beaches of Tulagi, Ghavutu, Tanambogo and Guadalcanal.
While Tulagi, Ghavutu and Tanambogo where quickly taken and under American control within the day, Guadalcanal was not.
Due to the strategic importance of Guadalcanal with its Airport Henderson Field nether site would give up and pull back. It took many month of heavy battles with lots of casualties on all sites to get hold of the island called Guadalcanal. Which the Japanese called “Shi Shima” (Island of Death).
The water in between the Florida Islands (Tulagi) and Guadalcanal was renamed to Iron Bottom Sound due to the 200ships, 690 air crafts and countless landing barges that sunk there during those many month of battle.
Most of the wrecks are too deep to be be dived at but a few of them are almost lying on the beach and can even be snorkelled at.
Below you can find the wrecks that we dive – grouped by their location ether Guadalcanal or Tulagi. A click on the wrecks name reveals more information and pictures.