Everything was quiet and peaceful, but the early morning of August 7, Rabaul arrived radiogram: "04.30. Tulagi under intense shelling and bombardment from the sea and air. Noticed an enemy aircraft carrier compound ". Immediately it became clear that the enemy has overwhelming advantage in forces, as in the following radiograms said: "One battleship USS ... two ... three ... fifteen destroyers, cruisers ... thirty to forty transports." Events took an unexpected turn, the Americans landed troops on Tulagi and Guadalcanal. So all learned about the existence of the island, still known only on a couple of stories of Jack London, and the next day took one of the most famous battles ended in complete defeat of the Americans.