Marines fire at Japanese soldiers occupying abandoned U.S. landing craft during Battle of Tarawa in World War II
Tarawa Gilbert Islands Date:1943, November 21 Duration:1 min 56 sec Sound:Yes
Activities of U.S. 2nd Marine Division during the Battle of Tarawa during World War 2. U.S. marines firing at their own abandoned landing craft in the surf, where Japanese soldiers have infiltrated at night and set up machine guns. M3 Stuart light tank on sand at water's edge, with image of an elephant and word, "Colorado" painted on its side. On day two of the assault, marines, are still seen occupying a limited beachhead. They fire mortars at the Japanese defenders. Scene further inland, show hill with destroyed Japanese fortification and smoke rising, as Marines fire their weapons. A Marine steps from rubble of destroyed Japanese position and moves forward. (The M3 tank is seen in background.) Marines hunkered down in debris. One marine firing at a Japanese sniper in a tree. Narrator comments that snipers don't fall when hit (presumably tied in place). Scenes of heavy firefights. Marines with an M3 tank in the thick of it. Destroyed Japanese structures and denuded palm trees. Rubble everywhere. Fires burning and continuous sounds of gunfire.
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