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.

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.

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The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

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Battle of Tarawa, November 1943: PFC Newcomb takes a swig from his water bottle as the US Marines storm the beach. He carries a healthy supply of hand grenades and ammo for his M1 Garand rifle.

Battle of Tarawa, November 1943: PFC Newcomb takes a swig from his water bottle as the US Marines storm the beach. He carries a healthy supply of hand grenades and ammo for his M1 Garand rifle.

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Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa, March 1944

Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa, March 1944

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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.

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The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943..... most people have not heard of the battle there....

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943..... most people have not heard of the battle there....

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Lt Alexander Bonnyman (4th from right) and his assault party storming a Japanese stronghold. Bonnyman received the Medal of Honor posthumously

Lt Alexander Bonnyman (4th from right) and his assault party storming a Japanese stronghold. Bonnyman received the Medal of Honor posthumously

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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.

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.

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