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Aerial Photo of Tarawa, November, 1943Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Aerial Photo of Tarawa, November, 1943

Description: An aerial photo of the coast of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, where about 5,000 picked Japanese troops had, for sixteen months, heavily fortified the atoll with bunkers, entrenchments, pillboxes, along with fourteen coastal defense guns (including some 8-inch guns) and ninety-five tanks to protect the adjacent island of Betio, where an airfield had been constructed. The garrison's commander, Rear Admiral Keiji Shibazaki had boasted that "it would take one million men one hundred years" to conquer Tarawa; the U.S. Navy realized that this bastion was vital in controlling the Gilberts, as well as its next planned invasions of the Marshall and Marianas islands, assembling a powerful fleet of sixteen carriers, twelve battleships, eight heavy and four light cruisers, sixty-six destroyers and thirty-six transports carrying more than 35,000 men of the 2nd Marine Division and elements of the Army's 27th Division; the one-and-a-half hour bombardment unleashed by the Navy warships at dawn on November 20, 1943 hurled more than six million pounds of explosives against the island, destroying two medium-sized Japanese steamers, nine medium bombers on the ground at the Betio airstrip and numerous defensive positions;

Date: November 20, 1943

Category: World War II

Keywords: four U.S. carrier-based planes were lost in the initial attack, Battle of Tarawa, November 20-23, 1943, Operation Galvanic, Second World War, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, World War II, WWII

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2040 x 1368 (2.79 MPixels) (1.49)

Print Size: 17.3 x 11.6 cm; 6.8 x 4.6 inches

File Size: 7.99 MB (8,383,330 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000010269

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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