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.
A flotilla of U.S. landing craft, filled with U.S. Army troops from the 27th Infantry Division approach the beach at Japanese-held Makin Island during World War 2. Some of the landing craft (Higgins boats) are from the Attack Transport ship, USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) and others are from the USS Calvert (APA-32). A Benson-Livermore class (AKA Benson-Gleaves class) Destroyer is visible offshore. As the landing craft beach, the troops wade ashore, with difficulty, through hip-deep water, in places. Back on one of the transport ships, sailors lower a bulldozer for transport to the beach. They also lower rolls of matting over the side. These cargoes are seen at the beachhead, as well as a Sherman tank moving through the surf onto the rocky shore.
A column of U.S. Army troops from elements of the 27th Infantry Division, make their way through destroyed Japanese structures on Makin Island, during World War 2. They patrol through jungles and engage in fire fights with Japanese defenders. One soldier carries a wounded buddy on his back. U.S. troops occupy an area of thatched roof huts. U.S. Army M3 Lee medium tanks moving across the sand. A wrecked Japanese ship in the surf. More views of U.S. M3 Lee tanks firing at the wrecked ship. U.S. warplanes bombing Japanese ships near the shore.
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.