Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

the_ww2_memoirs American soldiers belonging to the 7th Infantry Division move a 37mm M3 anti-tank gun following a M4 Sherman tank during the fighting on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, February 2nd, 1945. The Japanese who were defending Kwajalein put up a very fierce fight and took many American lives Kwajalein has similar geographical features to the island of Tarawa which units from the US Marines took in November, 1943. They took thousands of casualties on Tarawa but learned from their…

the_ww2_memoirs American soldiers belonging to the 7th Infantry Division move a 37mm M3 anti-tank gun following a M4 Sherman tank during the fighting on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, February 2nd, 1945. The Japanese who were defending Kwajalein put up a very fierce fight and took many American lives Kwajalein has similar geographical features to the island of Tarawa which units from the US Marines took in November, 1943. They took thousands of casualties on Tarawa but learned from their…

Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa, March 1944

Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa, March 1944

Tarawa.   I noticed that when you see pictures of the battle of TArawa, the marines are either shooting, running, duff under cover. This was a brutal battle in the pacific against a format able Japanese opponent.

Tarawa. I noticed that when you see pictures of the battle of TArawa, the marines are either shooting, running, duff under cover. This was a brutal battle in the pacific against a format able Japanese opponent.

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

U.S. Marines in Battle of Tarawa | 1943 | WW2 Documentary in Color

U.S. Marines in Battle of Tarawa | 1943 | WW2 Documentary in Color

With The Sex Lives of Cannibals , Maarten Troost established himself as one of the most engaging and original travel writers around. Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals his wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a side-splittingly funny account of life in the farthest reaches of the world. After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, battling feral dogs, machete-wielding neighbors, and a lack of beer on a daily basis, Maarten Troost was in no hurry to return to the South…

With The Sex Lives of Cannibals , Maarten Troost established himself as one of the most engaging and original travel writers around. Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals his wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a side-splittingly funny account of life in the farthest reaches of the world. After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, battling feral dogs, machete-wielding neighbors, and a lack of beer on a daily basis, Maarten Troost was in no hurry to return to the South…

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