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.
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.
U.S. Marines boarding troop transport ships in World War 2. A line of the transport ships underway in the Pacific, en route to Tarawa, Gilbert Islands. The Destroyer, USS Frazier (DD-607) seen close to port, astern, with a line extending to the transport ship. A sealed packet of orders for the transport and the Marines is delivered over the line. Scene shifts to an officer briefing marines with help of a large relief map of Betio in the Tarawa atoll. The map is complete, in every detail, down to models of structures there. Marines are seen belting machine gun ammunition and test firing their weapons. Marines on deck exercise doing calisthenics. Officer briefing Coast Guard and Navy coxswains who will be operating landing craft during the amphibious assault. Religious service being conducted on deck by a military Chaplains, on evening of November 19, 1943. Catholic chaplain, Father Francis W. Kelly, Chaplain, U.S.N.R. saying Mass, for marines. (Narrator comments that many of these Marines were killed the next morning.)