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keywords: wwii, pacific theater, mariana islands campaign, saipan, marines under fire, defusing enemy mine, island combat

Synopsis: Part of the Mariana Islands Campaign the invasion of Saipan was a critical objective for the Allies as it would place the Japanese home islands in range of Allied B-29 Superfortress Bombers with fierce combat ensuing...(read more)

  • Date: 1944
  • Duration: 00:09:33
  • Sound: No
  • Color: Color
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: Saipan
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Invasion Of Saipan

Island of Saipan, in the Mariana Islands, was held by the Japanese in WWII. Panning view of the beachhead. Marines of the 2nd and 4th Divisions pinned down on beach. Shows Marine holding rifle with bayonet attached. Marine digs foxhole. Man runs up and fires at Japanese pillbox. Marines fire 60 MM mortar. Marine officer shouts instructions.Men under fire on beach, knocked-out LVT in water BG.

Marines advance on beach, LVT approaches BG. Marines fire rifles & blow up Japanese pillbox. Marine removes Japanese land mine and removes detonator from land mine. Marines cautiously advance. Tank moves past camera. Marines take cover in heavy brush.Various scenes of combat action.