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English: Two Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during fighting at Wana Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. On the left, Davis Hargraves (1925-) provides covering fire with his M1 Thompson submachinegun as Gabriel Chavarria (on the right; 1926-), with a Browning Automatic Rifle, prepares to break cover to move to a different position. Wana Ridge was a long coral spine running out of northern Shuri Hill and was lined on both sides with Okinawan tombs. Japanese emplacements in the tombs and on the reverse slope of the ridge forced the Marines to carefully fight their way through the fortifications. A Japanese counterattack on the Marines on the ridge on 22 May was repelled. It is not known if this photo was taken before or after the Japanese counterattack. Note that the photographer has apparently taken the picture from a covered position behind the ridgeline.
Svenska: En soldat ur 1st Marine Division avslossar en skottsalva mot en japansk krypskytt med sin kulspruta medan hans stridskamrat tar skydd. Divisionen framrycker för att inta en ås framför byn Shiru.
Date 1945
Source Research at the National Archives: Pictures of World War II (specifically ww2_158.jpg). Identification number: 127-N-123170
Author Staff Sergent Walter F. Kleine
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Public domain This image is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

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  1. Crawford, Steve (2007) The U.S. Marine Corps in World War II: The Stories Behind the Photos, Dulles, Virginia, USA: Potomac Books, Inc ISBN 978-1-59797-131-7

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