U.S. Marines on Gilbert Island, Kiribati during World War II. Wreckage of equipment on island. Two jeeps pass in the foreground. One jeep pulls trailer and the other pulls 37mm gun. Five U.S. Marines unfold a Japanese flag. Wrecked Japanese four engined seaplane in water near the beach.
U.S. Marines on Gilbert Island, Kiribati during World War II. Marines move down cargo nets from ship into awaiting LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel). LCVP approaches shore, U.S. tank moves from shore through jungle terrain in the background.
Battle of Makin Island, Gilbert Islands in the Pacific Ocean during World War 2. U.S. Army troops, of the 27th Infantry Division, pick their way through fallen trees and other jungle obstacles as they advance into Makin Island . Some take shelter behind a Japanese-built barricade. One soldier reports on a walkie talkie radio.
Bucket cranes and bulldozers remove and clear heaps of dirt for constructing an airstrip. Dump trucks spread sand and road scrapers and steam rollers prepare the ground. U.S. F6F fighter aircraft land on the newly constructed airstrip. Pilot poses with marines of the United States 2nd Marine Division.
Aerial view from fairly high altitude, shows convoy of American warships underway in the Pacific in 1943. Nearest ship seen is an aircraft carrier. Illustrated globe and animated map show a Naval Task Force headed through the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. Three U.S. Navy Douglas Dauntless dive bombers seen flying in formation with an aircraft carrier steaming in the background. Glimpse of more aircraft carriers. Sailors in the powder handling room of the Cruiser USS Chicago (CA-29) carrying cylinders of powder for her 8-inch guns. Sailors, stripped to the waist, in one of her gun turrets, load an 8-inch shell and powder charges into the breech of one of Chicago's guns. Interesting view from below, as they close the breech and step back as the gun fires. Glimpse of Naval guns firing from a U.S. warship. Another view of sailors loading an 8-inch gun on the USS Chicago. (Note: The USS Chicago was lost between Rennel Island and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands on 30 January, 1943.) A Baltimore Class Cruiser firing its guns. Flashes from naval guns firing from several American warships in close succession. Fire directed at the shore of a Japanese held island. Gun camera footage from a U.S. warplane strafing Japanese aircraft on the ground at an enemy air base. More gun camera footage of strafing and bombing. Closeup of a U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 Liberator bomber in flight, with others in the background. Views from U.S. Aircraft as their bombs strike Japanese targets on the ground below. A U.S. Navy TBF Avenger aircraft flying overhead as viewed from a landing craft. View from inside a landing craft full of U.S. troops heading toward an amphibious landing. Closeup glimpse of Coxswain in landing craft and troops aboard behind him. Amphibious landings being made under fierce friendly and enemy fire. U.S. troops leaving their landing craft under enemy fire. Marines firing small arms, machine guns, and using hand grenades, in sand of Tarawa. Views of fallen Japanese defenders on Tarawa. Closeup of Marine smoking a cigarette. Another is binding shoulder wound of a buddy. American flag raised on one of the few still standing palm trees. American Marines saluting the flag. Bodies of fallen American marines floating at the shore and on the sands of Tarawa. Marines departing Tarawa. Scene shifts to Chinese KMT leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, seated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Cairo, Egypt on 25 November, 1943. Leading Allied military leaders sit at a table to hammer out details of postwar plans. American officers present include U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall and Chief of the Army Air Forces, General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold.
A training film about Allied invasion of Tarawa during World War II. Animated map of Betio island depicts different beaches assigned to different Marine Battalions. Marines in Landing Vehicle Tracked head for a beach. Smoke rises from the coast due to bombing. Aircraft in flight as they provide an air cover. The Marines on the beach.