U.S. Fifth Fleet commanded by Vice Admiral Spruance, and U.S. 10th Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Buckner, at Okinawa.
Okinawa Ryukyu Islands Date:1945, April 1 Duration:5 min 35 sec Sound:Yes
Animation depicts Okinawa in relation to Japan,China,Formosa, and Iwo Jima. U.S. landing ships carry troops who make unopposed landings on Hagushi beach, U.S. troops seen pouring ashore. Okinawa. Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner and Vice Admiral Raymond A. Spruance seen looking through binoculars on the deck of the amphibious Flag Ship. U.S. troops move inland from the beachhead. Troops bringing bulldozers. U.S. Army infantry of the 24th Corps engage Japanese defenders. Japanese bunkers and fortifications seen. U.S. battleships and other ships of the line begin intense bombardment of the Japanese positions. U.S. army artillery fire large howitzers. U.S. tanks attack Japanese fortifications and suffer counter fire.
Troop movements impeded by rain and mud. Ammunition ships seen having difficulty on congested beachhead. Animation shows how naval gunfire could successfully strike Japanese fortified positions because of flat trajectory.
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