U.S. marines process Japanese prisoners on Betio, Tarawa, during World War II. Seabees begin restoring the airfield
Tarawa Gilbert Islands Date:1943, November 24 Duration:1 min 59 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. 2nd Division Marines process about 10 Japanese soldiers taken prisoner on Betio, Tarawa atoll, during the battle there in World War 2. They cut away the prisoners' clothing to assure they don't carry weapons or explosives. (Narrator states they were later given replacement clothing from captured supplies.) Marines tend to a wounded Japanese prisoner. Japanese prisoners carrying their own wounded to a pier for evacuation. Marines cleaning up using water from captured Japanese steel barrels. Marines stand on fortifcations containing British Vickers BL 15 inch Mark I coastal defense guns captured by the Japanese in Singapore. These were knocked out by U.S. naval gunfire during the pre-assault bombardment. Closeup of one breech of a gun. A knocked out Japanese light tank at the South side of Japanese Rear Admiral Shibasaki's headquarters on Betio. (Shibasaki, commander of the Japanese forces there, was reportedly killed by U.S. Naval gunfire early in the assault.) Panning view of the remains of the reinforced concrete Japanese headquarters structure. U.S. Seabees using power shovel, dump trucks, graders, and heavy rollers, to restore the airfield for U.S. operations.
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