American soldiers capture Japanese occupied Tarawa in Gilbert Islands.
Title reads: "Action in Tarawa - Front Line pictures from the Gilbert Islands".
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands.
Various shots of tank landing craft and troop landing craft heading towards Betio Island while under air attack. Action shots of the U.S. marines trying to establish a beachhead on the shore. Various shots of the wounded being carried back to beach and being put onto landing craft.
Various shots of marines in action, crawling forward and flushing out Japanese from enemy strong points with gunfire and flame throwers. M/S of group of marines near a foxhole, they throw hand grenades to flush out any remaining enemy soldiers. M/S of captured Japanese soldier, almost naked except for loin clothe. Various shots of marines showing their captured equipment and battle scars - one marine has a bullet hole in his helmet. Various shots of liberated Korean slave labourers. Various shots of group of marines saluting the American flag as it is hoisted up a tall palm tree.
Story was filmed by American Marine Corps camera crew.