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American Marines approach a group of Japanese-occupied buildings, reduced to rubble during the Battle of Tarawa, a Pacific atoll in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), in November 1943. In the background, smoke is rising from an oil-dump hit during the shelling.

American Marines approach a group of Japanese-occupied buildings, reduced to rubble during the Battle of Tarawa, a Pacific atoll in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), in November 1943. In the background, smoke is rising from an oil-dump hit during the shelling.

John Florea 500 lb General Purpose Bombs on the Deck of a Ship during the Tarawa Battle, 1943

John Florea 500 lb General Purpose Bombs on the Deck of a Ship during the Tarawa Battle, 1943

Tarawa Battle Art

Tarawa Battle Art

The Battle of Leyte Gulf occurred between 23-26 October 1944. It was the largest naval battle of the Second World War and it involved combined American and Australian naval and air forces against Japanese forces. It resulted in the crippling of the Japanese Imperial Navy and eventually the Allied control of the Philippine Islands.

This Vintage Map Shows the 'Greatest Battle in the History of Naval Warfare'

The Battle of Leyte Gulf occurred between 23-26 October 1944. It was the largest naval battle of the Second World War and it involved combined American and Australian naval and air forces against Japanese forces. It resulted in the crippling of the Japanese Imperial Navy and eventually the Allied control of the Philippine Islands.

Cemetery at Tarawa - Battle of Tarawa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cemetery at Tarawa - Battle of Tarawa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Japanese prisoners of war at Tarawa

Japanese prisoners of war at Tarawa

US Marines take cover behind a sand dune Red Beach 3 (Red Beach 3) after landing on Tarawa Atoll. Battle of Tarawa was the second in a row the US offensive operations in the Pacific. Japanese garrison was unexpected, fierce resistance, leading to heavy losses in the ranks of the US Marines. US losses were so great that a large number of corpses was not returned to their homeland.

US Marines take cover behind a sand dune Red Beach 3 (Red Beach 3) after landing on Tarawa Atoll. Battle of Tarawa was the second in a row the US offensive operations in the Pacific. Japanese garrison was unexpected, fierce resistance, leading to heavy losses in the ranks of the US Marines. US losses were so great that a large number of corpses was not returned to their homeland.

Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

Battle of Tarawa. First aid treatment.

Battle of Tarawa. First aid treatment.

Japanese Soldiers -Tarawa Battle, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Japanese Soldiers -Tarawa Battle, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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