The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943

The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that was fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio.

A Marine fires on a Japanese pillbox Bodies of dead Marines Colonel David Shoup's command post on Red Beach 2 Combat transports at Tarawa Japanese prisoners of war. Marines alongside an LVT-1 Alligator Marines seek cover among the dead and wounded behind the sea wall on Red Beach 3, Tarawa. Stopped at the Beach Barricade. This LVT was put out of action by enemy fire on Beach RED 1 during an attack on Tarawa. Two Japanese Imperial Marines who committed suicide by shooting themselves rather than surrender to U.S. Two Marine flamethrowers clear an enemy strong point on Tarawa. U.S. Coast Guardsmen ferrying supplies pass an LCM-3 which has taken a direct hit at Tarawa.