The invasion of Peleliu, Palau Islands during World War 2. A Marine Major General is seen on the bridge of the Flagship USS Mount McKinley, off the coast of Peleliu during the amphibious assault by U.S. forces on September 15, 1944. He is observing the action through a set of binoculars.The island under bombardment. Task force ships firing their Naval guns include the heavy cruiser USS Louisville (CA 28) seen at TC: 01:29, 01:46, & 02:13. Other officers on the deck also watch the action through binoculars. Smoke columns rise from the island under bombardment.
U.S. 1st Marine Division operations on Peleliu, during World War 2. U.S. F4U Corsair aircraft, flying low and slow, with gear down, drop napalm bombs on Japanese troops dug in on a ridge. Huge explosions seen. A C-47 transport airplane taxis on airfield. F4U Corsairs are seen parked and tents are pitched nearby.Several C-47s are parked on a ramp. Three F4Us taxi past them headed to the runway. F4Us take off and one is seen bombing Japanese positions on the ridge. Slate notes 1st Marine Division and D+24. Major General William Henry Rupertus,kneels on one knee, in sand, as another officer (shirtless) briefs him. They briefly discuss tactics and then walk away. Marine rifleman firing into burning wreckage of a Japanese position. Marine firing grenade from his rifle.
Two Marines stand on beach with LVT (landing vehicle tracked) on the sand, nearby. They point at large ship offshore. Views of the Peleliu beachhead, with numerous ships and landing craft beached, including the second USS Seaward (LST 278) that collided with LST-129 and suffered considerable damage, On October 2, 1944. (LST-129 may be the LST seen next to LST-278.)
During U.S. Marines invasion of Peleliu. Sign board 'Save Fresh Water' aboard ship. United States Marines bathe and eat. Marines work on and inside the ship. Soldier with headphones speaks over mouthpiece. Landing Crafts loaded with Marines moves towards Peleliu Island, Palau. Troops and tanks advance towards Japanese held positions on the Island. Marines fire rifles, Machine guns, rocket launchers, Howitzers and Mortars. Explosions on Peleliu Island.
5th Marine Regiment aboard ships sail around the coast of Peleliu Island, Palau. Smoke rises from the Island in the background. Warships shell the Peleliu Island. Marine approach the island and attack dugout with flame thrower.
United States Marine signals blinkers aboard USS Honolulu around Peleliu Island, Palau. Various ships bombard the Island. Incendiary bombs explode on Peleliu Island. Many Landing Crafts in the background. F6F Hellcat dives and strafes over the Island.
The Peleliu operation in Peleliu, Palau Islands during World War II. Aerial view: Boats go across a lagoon towards the island of Engesebus. The boats advance from a lagoon to a beachhead. Aircraft in flight over the island. Ships fire at the shoreline and other ships in the background. Aerial view of the island shows bomb hits all around.