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The Hellacious Battle Of Tarawa, The First Time An American Amphibious Assault Met A Full-Blooded And Determined Resistance By Imperial Japanese Forces, As Told In Three Documentaries: 1) DEATH TIDE AT TARAWA, A 50th Anniversary OUR CENTURY Special Hoted By Edward Herrmann And Narrated By Ron David (Who Also Narrated The WINGS Aviation Documentary Series) (Color, 1993, 47 Minutes), 2) RETURN TO TARAWA, In Which World War II U.S. Navy Veteran Bill Burrud Hosts This Once-In-Forever Documentary Reunion Of The Marines Who Fought The Land Battle Of Tarawa Atoll (Color, 1989, 45 Minutes), And 3) REMEMBERING TARAWA, Bill Burrud's Follow-Up Documentary On The Making Of This Reunion (Color, 1989, 23 Minutes) -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD!
* December 2, 2023: Updated With DEATH TIDE AT TARAWA!
* September 6, 2021: Updated With REMEMBERING TARAWA!
The Battle Of Tarawa (Operation Galvanic, November 20-23, 1943) began as American troops attacked the Japanese on the heavily fortified Gilbert Islands. It took eight days for the 5th Amphibious Corps, 2nd Marine Division and the 27th Infantry Division to take Tarawa and Makin Islands. Over 1,000 Americans were killed with 2,311 wounded. The Japanese lost 4,700. The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that was fought on November 20-23, 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio, in the extreme southwest of Tarawa Atoll. The Battle of Tarawa was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region. It was also the first time in the Pacific War that the United States had faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. Previous landings met little or no initial resistance, but on Tarawa the 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps. The losses on Tarawa were incurred within 76 hours.