Allied amphibious assault against Japanese held Island in the Pacific, during World War II
Pacific Theater Date:1944 Duration:2 min 19 sec Sound:Yes
Film opens with animated map of the Pacific theater of operations in World War 2. It illustrates Allied advances through network of islands supporting supply lines of Japan. View from an Allied ship in an invasion task force headed to a Japanese occupied island (probably in the Mariana Islands) during World War 2. U.S. troops descend rope net from their transport ship to board landing craft. Numerous landing craft making way in loose formation. Warships in the task force bombard the target island. Huge black explosion occurs. B-25 Mitchell bombers displaying "Z" on tails, are seen briefly in flight. Landing craft maneuvering and approaching the shore where numerous shells are bursting from the naval bombardment. Landing craft number 25, from the USS Bolivar (APA-34) is seen in the water. Troops rush across the sand after leaving their landing craft. Closeups of U.S. troops using small arms and flame throwers to drive Japanese defenders from their caves, blockhouses and other fortifications. Dead Japanese soldiers beside their defensive positions. At the beachhead, several large Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L) 334, 330,335, and 336 are unloading troops into the surf. Closeup front view of troops wading ashore from LCI(L)335. Troops carrying boxes of supplies ashore. At the beachhead, troops are unloading a large truck, while in the background, a Landing Vehicle Tracked is driving away from Landing Ship Tank (LST-47). Her deck is crowded with troops. A tractor drives off a nearby landing craft. Wide view of beachhead jammed with troops and equipment.
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