U.S. Marines fight Japanese in Battle for Tarawa, in the Pacific, during World War II.
Tarawa Gilbert Islands Date:1943, November 23 Duration:2 min 38 sec Sound:Yes
A wounded marine holding a bandage to his head moves toward the rear. Sunken U.S. assault boat seen in water in which Japanese had set up machine gun nest. Marine artillery fire destroys the boat. Marines of United States 2nd Marine Division occupy defensive positons behind bunkers and fire mortars. An American sherman tank on the sand has the name "Colorado" on it with a painted symbol. Tank commander hunkers down as he walks toward a marine with walkie talkie. Marines fire mortar continuously. Marine runs from wood frame of destroyed Japanese building. Marines fire at Japanese snipers who have tied themselves in trees. Marines run toward abandoned and destroyed Japanese buildings. The sherman tank moves along the abandoned airfield with U.S. marines running behind. A jeep drives through debris of battle, with a wounded marine huddled down in back.
At the beach, amphibious vehicles tow floating supplies behind them.
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