Tarawa. I noticed that when you see pictures of the battle of TArawa, the marines are either shooting, running, duff under cover. This was a brutal battle in the pacific against a format able Japanese opponent.
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.
The original caption is short and to the point: "Dead Jap sniper on Tarawa." The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Gilbert Islands, in the Pacific Theater. Largely fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943, it was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region.