U.S. marines invade the island of Tarawa in Gilbert Islands.
Full title reads: "U.S. MARINES WIN GLORY IN GILBERT ISLANDS".
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands.
Various shots of a long convoy of U.S. task force heading for Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. Various shots of the several officers including Rear Admiral Hill and Major General Julian Smith in quite dark cabin. Various shots of U.S. Marines religious service being held on deck of one of the ships.
Various shots of the invasion starting with shelling and bombing from support aircraft. The barrage is at night for the attack started at 5 o'clock in the morning. Various shots of the landing craft with the marines moving towards the coast at dawn. The Naval ship lay barrage to cover the marines. Various shots of the marines landing on the island under fire. They get into trenches and hide behind the palm trees. Long shot of the island from the ships at sea. More gunfire from ships is directed at the island.
Various shots of the marines unloading the supplies at rough harbour, more men come ashore ready for the advance. Various shots of the marines moving past damaged Japanese equipment and dead soldiers. Several shots of the captures Japanese soldiers being rounded up. Some of the wounded are treated, they are then marched off to be shipped out.
Various shots of the marines firmly entrenched on the occupied island.
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