U.S. Naval Task Force of warships bombarding Okinawa in World War 2. Light cruiser USS St. Louis, CL-49, in foreground in the background is the battleship USS Texas, BB-35 shelling Okinawa. Heavy cruiser USS Wichita, CA-45, using signal light communications. Foreground the stern of the USS St. Louis, USS Texas in background. LCI 370 (Landing Craft Infantry) approaches from the right with the USS Texas in the background. On right, the USS St. Louis has turned to port and is shelling Okinawa, a destroyer in the middle, and the USS Texas on left. Close up of the USS St. Louis's stern as she shells Okinawa. Close up of three gun turrent firing. USS Texas in close shelling a hillside Japanese strong point on Okinawa. Shell hits the top of a hill and beach. Explosions due to the shelling. Smoke rises from coastline of Okinawa. Smoke rises from hill on Okinawa and shells hit around base of hill.
U.S. Strategic Air Command B-52 crew members performing preflight checks at their stations aboard the aircraft, on the ground at Kadena Airbase, Okinawa, Japan. Navigator uses an E6-B circular slide rule computer to calculate flight parameters and checks his mission chart using a pair of compasses. Flight engineer goes through preflight checks at his panel.
Animation graphic describing how land sea and air information was coordinated to enable precise targeting of enemy positions by naval gunfire during the U.S. invasion of Okinawa, Japan in World War 2. U.S. minesweepers enable capital ships with heavy guns to safely operate close to enemy targets. Views of heavy naval gunfire. Advance of the Marine 3rd Amphibious Corps. U.S. troops, advancing slowly, routing out Japanese defenders dug in to caves and holes throughout Okinawa. Naval heavy guns were called upon to destroy these caves. Detailed live images include: Mine sweepers off Okinawa, sweeping for mines; heavy cruiser USS San Francisco, CA-38, under a head of steam and using signal lights; battleships fire at Okinawa; A bow view of a Tennessee Class battleship; battleship USS Nevada, BB-36, fires its main battery; closeup of a Cleveland Class light cruiser's main aft battery firing at Okinawa; stern view of the heavy cruiser USS Pensacola, CA-24, fires her aft main 8-inch/55 main battery; U.S. Marines on the march and blowing up caves; battleship USS New York, BB-34, fires her main battery; time 03:36 shows a Cleveland Class light cruiser firing its forward main 6-inch battery; time 03:30 shows the USS New York, BB-34, again; various naval guns fire and explosions on Okinawa are shown; time 04:08 shows the forward main deck, looking aft, of the USS Nevada, BB-36, with a Tennessee Class battleship in the background.
Invasion of Okinawa, Japan during World War II. Conferences at Guam come to an end. Officers walk. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander in Chief, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz sends an armada of 1400 vessels to Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Fleet underway to Okinawa. Troops of the U.S. 10th Army division play cards, play music and dance on the deck to entertain themselves. Officer distributes money to the soldiers aboard the ship. Troops stand with money. Guns of the fleet fire at land. Rockets being fired at shore. Landing crafts reach the shore. Troops walk on the shore in Okinawa. Japanese dugouts and pillboxes being destroyed with grenades. Soldiers talk and share food with civilians at the island.
Aerial views of LVT (A) or Landing Vehicles Tracked (Armored), on a beach in Okinawa, Japan. Explosions and smoke columns during bombardment on Okinawa. Open terrain on Okinawa showing roads and fields. Scenes of city of Shuri, Okinawa, as bombs burst. Smoke columns rise.
U.S. warships shell Okinawa and Japanese kamikaze suicide planes hits USS Maryland (BB-46). Landing Ship Medium (Rocket), LSMR firing rockets at sea. Okinawa in the background. Cruiser shells Okinawa. Starboard bow view of cruise. Destroyer behind the cruiser. Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) in the background. Two LCI" fire salvos of rockets. Cruiser fire at Okinawa. Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel's (LCVP") and Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM") head toward beach.