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.
U.S. ships at the Makin Island. Armor-piercing and landing crafts fire in the foreground. U.S. Navy SBD Dauntless dive bomb island. U.S. Navy SOC Seagulls in flight over island. USS BB and USS CA fire 5 inch guns. Landing Crafts and Island in background. Smoke column rises over island and planes pass over island.
USS Baltimore shells Makin Island and LCs head in for landing. USS Mississippi fires. Smoke arises. USS Baltimore fires 5 inches guns. Sailors in battle gear, including steel helmets. Artillery mounted on ship is fired. Large column of smoke and fire arise from island. Warships at sea.
Supplements from a film called 'Fighting Lady' about the United States campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 Beach at Makin island with damaged palm trees and debris. Hulks of sunken Japanese ships in water. A damaged Japanese building at the coast. A fuel dump camouflaged by palm trees. Wrecked Japanese buildings. United States troops, of the 27th Infantry Division gathered in a wrecked Japanese building. A soldier stands near a medium caliber Japanese coastal gun. He picks up a shell and holds it over his head.
Supplements from a film called 'Fighting Lady' about the United States campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater during World War 2. U.S. troops of the 27th Infantry Division advance along the water front in Makin Island. Dead Japanese soldiers lying on ground. LST (Landing Ship Tank) and a LSD (Landing Ship Dock) at anchor. Dead Japanese soldiers lying in an anti tank trench. A soldier stands with a native as he points at the trench.
Supplements from a film called 'Fighting Lady' about the United States campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater during World War II. A bulldozer hauls equipment on a beach at Makin Island. Bulldozer hauls material in cargo nets out of LSM (Landing Ship, Mechanized). A fighter flies overhead at night. Silhouetted palm trees.