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WAR,the Battle of Tarawa part 1

The Battle of Tarawa, code named Operation Galvanic, was a battle in the Pacific Theater of worldwar II largely fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region.

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Added: Apr-5-2012 
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  • When this documentary was finally released in theaters, at the order of president Roosevelt himself, a marine General was asked if it was havingany effect. He relied "Yes. Recruitment has dropped by over 30%".
    Far less troops than Omaha, which was years later. Smaller frontage than Omaha. It wasn't until the next day that they got out from behind the seawall (Omaha was secure in about 6 hours). Casualities were about the same as Omaha.
    Lots of mistakes, Lots of bad luck, and lots of l More..

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  • ???? I swear half this footage is from Iwo. Wasn't Tarwa like a square mile and thats it? Total waste of resources. I remember hearing how there was a huge outcry from the people at home after the battle due to the huge loss in men to take an island that could have been easily knocked out from the air, or bypassed altogether. Some general/admirals head shouldof rolled on that one. Thought it would be a peice of cake run through for the bigger asault that lay ahead. And I dont know if they even l More..

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    • @itbeeasierifyourdead
      The island was narrow,and when covered in dust and smoke, it was difficult to adjust fire from the ships. They often went over. naval bombardment is done with HC HE ammo,and a much smaller propellant charge is used to achieve plunging fire. It had nothing to do with penetration. They just missed a lot,and when troops are in bunkers and even foxholes it is hard to dig them all out.
      Engineers went in and took the detailsof the bukers and pillboxes, recreated them on Hawaii,a More..

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    • @grunt Seriously? I'm not discrediting you, I just find it hard to believe that they would miss so easily when they can hit moving targets much farther away, ie. other sips. I mean the germans used artillery of heavy caliber with great effect when they attacked the soviet fortress city of Sevastapol. I know the rail guns were much larger, but the battleships main guns are 16inch guns, with shells that way over a ton. I remember hearing how one german shell penetrated 40 feet of concrete before e More..

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