U.S. Marines launch the Battle of Tarawa, in the Pacific, during World War II.
Tarawa Gilbert Islands Date:1943, November 20 Duration:6 min 29 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. marines engage Japanese during the Battle of Tarawa in World War II. Members of United States 2nd Marine Division walk up gangplanks, in full battle gear, and board ships. Convoy of ships underway in the Pacific Ocean, with weapons on deck visible. Fighter escort aircraft from U.S. aircraft carriers fly in formation over the convoy. A U.S. destroyer pulls alongside to deliver sealed orders on a line stretched between the two vessels. Officer briefs the Marines with a relief map on deck of ship. Marines load ammunition in belts for machine guns. They check and fire weapons. They exercise to relieve tension. Navy and coast guard assault boat coxwains receive last minute instructions from an officer. Chaplain conducts religious services for the Marines before the invasion day. Boats loaded with marines proceed toward the shore. Explosions occur. Aircraft in flight as they strafe and drop bombs on Japanese shore installations. American assault boats approach the beach. Heavy Japanese firing destroys several U.S. assault boats. Marines find some shelter behind a pier extending into the water. Marines are held down by heavy Japanese fire. They suffer heavy casualties and administer aid to wounded.
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