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View of the beach of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, after the U.S. invasion in November 1943. Tarawa was attacked from 20 to 23 November 1943, the U.S. Marine Corps sustained 990 Marines killed and a further 2,296 wounded. The Japanese lost 4,713 men. Note the men sitting on the disabled M4 Sherman tank.
Original description: "Sprawled bodies on beach of Tarawa, testifying to ferocity of the struggle for this stretch of sand. November 1943."

Date November 1943
Source U.S. Defense Visual Information Centre photo HD-SN-99-03001 ; U.S. National Archives file 080-G-57405
Author U.S. Navy


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