U.S. 2nd Marine Division begins mopping up operations during amphibious assault at Betio, Tarawa, during World War II
Tarawa Gilbert Islands Date:1943, November 22 Duration:1 min 59 sec Sound:Yes
Marines of U.S. 2nd Marine Division moving toward the airfield on Betio, Tarawa atoll, during their amphibious assault against Japanese forces during World War 2. A Stuart M3 light tank driving rapidly at the edge of the field. A wounded marine is brought back in a jeep, under enemy fire. Back at the beachhead, a landing vehicle tracked (LVT) is seen towing several floating packages of supplies to the shore. Chaplain's assistants tend to U.S. marine dead lying on a beach. They remove on dog tag from each for registering while leaving the other for identification. Marine General Holland M.Smith, Commander of V Amphibious Corps, and Major General Julian C. Smith, Commander. 2nd Marine Division, are seen walking together and then consulting with Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, Commander Amphibious Group Two, Fifth Amphibious Force. Marines using a bulldozer to dig Japanese defenders out of a pill box. This yields a half dozen Japanese prisoners, the first to be taken. Wounded American marines are given first aid and then seen being lowered in steel litters into landing craft and then being transferred to a transport ship, offshore.
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