Battle of Saipan, 1944. Part 2

In our previous post we presented for you a collection of photos of Battle of Saipan published with permission from the US National Archive. Today, we present some photos of this battle made by photographer W. Eugene Smith.

A Marine, pictured in July 1944, looks at the bodies of Japanese soldiers killed during the battle for control of Saipan. Nearly 30,000 Japanese troops died A U.S medic applies a field dressing to the neck of an injured soldier in Tanapag, Saipan in June 1944. In the distance behind them, a soldier is visible in a foxhole A U.S soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child during the battle between Japanese and American forces an American Marine lifts a nearly dead infant from a cave where native islanders had been hiding during the battle for Saipan article-2087023-0F73695700000578-271_964x938 In the first jeep, one soldier drives while a second holds up IV bags attached to two injured men strapped to the vehicle's hood On the Marianas Islands, an American soldier comforts a wounded comrade during the fight. More than 3,000 U.S. troops perished in the battle Saipan civilians commit suicide rather than surrendering to American troops. Around 1,000 civilians perished this way U.S. medics show tenderness towards a dog harmed in the crossfire While under fire, U.S. Marines advance on occupying Japanese forces in Tanapag, Saipan in June 1944