Opening scene shows an M8A1 75mm Howitzer motor carriage (variant of M8, using M5A1 Stuart tank chassis). It moves slowly toward the camera along a dirt road on Saipan during World War 2. Closeup shows short gun barrel and driver in turret above, speaking on radio. Bodies of many Japanese soldiers are seen, recently killed in final attacks culminating in their organized suicide assault (AKA "the Tanapag Plain banzai attack") on July 6th and 7th, 1944. Principal American defenders included units of the 105th Infantry (that bore the brunt of the assault) ; 165th Infantry; 23rd Marines; 24th Marines; 25th Marines; 20th Marines (Engineers); and 10th Marines, plus supporting artillery units. Last scene shows Americans displaying a huge Japanese rising sun naval ensign, as a photograpner takes a still picture.
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