Main battery Battleship fire is directed against Japanese fortified towns of Shuri and Naha in Okinawa, Japan. They are pounded by 14 inch and 16 inch naval guns for two days. U.S. troops find a mass of rubble when they enter the city of Shuri. The city of Naha is pounded by U.S. naval heavy guns for 40 days and nights. Low level aerial views of destroyed buildings in Naha. U.S. assault on the Naha airfield includes fire from U.S. navy rocket and mortar craft, seen in operation. Views of U.S. ground forces maneuvering to capture the Naha airfield, using grenades, and flamethrowers.
An animated graphic shows Japanese gunfire near Naha Okinawa pounding U.S. 420th Group artillery positions located on the small island of Keise Jima, near Okinawa. Also animation of the U.S. Navy Cruiser, USS Tuscaloosa, moving in to provide counterfire against the Japanese batteries near Naha. Actual views of U.S. warships provide a floating mobile artillery to support the ground troops. U.S. warships firing on Japanese artillery positions near Naha Airfield. Details seen include: At time 00:36, the battleship USS New Mexico, BB-40, firing a starboard mounted 5in/25cal gun. Time 00:40 is the battleship USS Tennessee, BB-43 in camouflage Measure 32v1, Design 1D earlier in the war. Time 00:52 is the battleship USS Colorado, BB-45, in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D and in the background is the battleship USS West Virginia in camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D.
Activities of the U.S. 1st and the 6th Marine Divisions on the island of Okinawa, Japan during World War II. Naval guns, mortar fire and low level bombing blast Naha. The Naha airfield is captured. Pack charges being used to detonate buildings during house-to-house fighting. An unopposed landing being made below Naha. Wrecked planes on the ground.
Okinawa Operations in Pacific Theater. United States Marine units and 24th Army Corps advance on Naha. Two Marines look at a map and confer. Artillery and dive bombers bombard Naha. U.S. Marines occupy the outskirts. Fire and explosions. Heavy black smoke rises up. Bombing at day and night. Tank guns fired. Firing in streets of Naha.
U.S. 6th Division Marines battling Japanese on front lines in Naha, Okinawa. Marine with a 30 cal water cooled machine gun on hill in the foreground. Smoke and explosions at edge of Naha in the background. Complete city of Naha in the far background. Marines begin to enter the city, advancing on the double, cautiously. Marines advance towards hut on edge of village. Some advancing as others are covering them and circling house. Tanks advance towards other houses in the background.
City of Naha shelled by U.S. artillery, Okinawa. View of city of Naha. Smoke arises in different sections from burning buildings. River in foreground. Artillery shells the town. Explosions and smoke rises as the shell burst all around. A large building burns. Smoke rises.