From: Smyrna, Ga, 30080
Gentlemen, both were equally important. The Allies had control of the Atlantic, once the U-Boat menace had been put in check by late 1943.
The Pacific was another matter, another one entirely. The control of the seas was basically lost by the Japanese at Midway. It would be awhile before the US could fully take control of the Pacific, but Japan would never again dominate the ocean.
On the other hand, the United States had yet to really face the Japanese. The defeats at Wake Island, Guam, the Philippines, Singapore and the East Indies left a certain anxiety. Just how good was the Japanese soldier? Could he be beaten. Guadalcanal determined that he could, and resoundingly. Outnumbered and cut off, the 1st Marine Division and part of the 2nd took a stand and beat the Nips resoundingly.
Thus both on the seas and on the ground and as soon would be proven, in the air, the Japanese could be beaten and would be. Not only by superior firepower, manufacturing capacity or greater strategy, but by cold hard fighting, steel to steel, flesh to flesh.
I would have to say that these two battles coming only months apart in 1942 changed the course of the war in the Pacific.
In Arduis Fidelis
Wild Bill Wilder
Independent Game Consultant