U.S. Army 77th Division in the Ryukyu Islands during the Ryukyu campaign of World War II. Columns of soldiers move along a road among fields. A squad leader fires into a cave. Men of the 136th Engineers rush with guns up a hill. The men move past a Shinto shrine. A soldier fires flame throwers on Japanese caves. A soldier blows a bugle and other soldiers salute during a flag raising ceremony on the first Japanese homeland island taken. A soldier tries to hoist the flag and other soldiers stand around and salute. The flag being raised and hoisted. The troops salute.
U.S. Army 77th Infantry Division in the Ryukyu Islands during the Ryukyu campaign of World War II. A vessel underway at sea en route to the Ryukyu Islands. Soldiers on landing crafts underway at sea. LVTs (Landing Vehicle Tracked) heading towards a beach. Soldiers unload from the LVTs onto the beach. 305th and 306th Infantry Regiment troops advance inland from the beach. A small building. Two soldiers holding guns in prone position on the side of a road. The soldiers fire the guns. The troops load and fire 81mm mortars. The soldiers standing behind shut their ears. The troops load a 155mm howitzer. The howitzer is fired from beneath a camouflage net. One of the soldiers shuts his ears. Several soldiers on a field and LVTs parked in view. Men of the 304th Field Artillery Battalion remove shells from cartons.
Invasion of Aguni, a village in Okinawa, Japan during World War II. Battleships at sea during invasion of Aguni in Ryukyu Islands in Japan on 9th June 1945. Artillery fired from the ships. Landing crafts carrying 8th Regiment Combat troops approach the island. The troops holding guns, advance on the island. The soldiers fire guns. The soldiers move under cover. The Japanese civilians come out of their hiding in underground shelters. A civilian and few others come out of their hiding place. The Japanese civilians being held. Women and children standing on the road. The native women prostrate before a soldier. The soldier offers them cigarettes to calm their fear. Soldiers with the women and children.
Evacuation of casualties from Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. A casualty carried on a stretcher from a field ambulance and placed into a Stinson L-5B Sentinel aircraft flown by the 163rd Liaison Squadron. Several casualties and L-5B aircraft appear in this historic film footage taken on 21 June 1945. .
The Japanese surrender in the South East Asia during World War II. Airplanes in formation flight. Two Japanese Mitsubishi G4M-1 'Betty' twin-engine bombers painted white with green crosses on their wings, fuselage and tail land at Ie Shima Ryukyu Islands near Okinawa carrying Japanese delegates. The planes land at Nichols Field at 1813 hours. The planes are dubbed 'Bataan number 1' and 'Bataan number 2.' Lt. Gen. Torasirou Kawabe, the vice chief of the Japanese Army's General Staff and his surrender party disembark from the airplanes. Members of the surrender party include: Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokoyama Representative, Imperial Japanese Navy Staff., Colonel Yashima Terai General Staff, Colonel Orato Yamoto General Staff, Mr. Morio Yakawa Secretary, Japanese foreign office. Kawabe leads the surrender party. Army C-54 transport airplanes parked. Japanese surrender delegates board the airplanes which take off for Manila, Philippine Islands. In Manila, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur speaks to his troops from a balcony at the war damaged Manila City Hall on 20 August. He notes that he is hopeful that they will all be able to return home soon.
Operations of the U.S. troops at the Shuri Line in Ryukyu Islands during the Battle of Okinawa, World War 2. A jeep carrying three African American soldiers pass through heavy mud. Wheel of the jeep spins in mud. Jeep being pushed through mud by a bulldozer.