Released in 1944 for the home market by Castle Films, "Yanks Invade Marshall Islands!" is a silent newsreel showing attacks on Roi and Namur in the Marshalls chain as part of the Battle of Kwajalein.
At 1:03, raids by B-24 Liberators are made on Japanese airfields and other strongholds. At 1:59, battleships and cruisers deliver a barrage against shore positions. At 2:54, D-Day on Kwajalein, as the Marines head into landing craft and onto the beach. At 4:02, a huge cloud of smoke billows from a American ship that has taken a direct hit. At 5:14, a radioman sends reports from the beach back to commanders aboard ship, possibly directly artillery strikes. At 5:30, a huge column of smoke looms over the beachhead. At 5:30, Marines take cover in a trench. At 5:44, a Japanese sniper is hunted by Marines. At 6:19, Japanese who are attempting to escape the onslaught by swimming across a lagoon, are shot by Marine snipers. At 7:27, Japanese blockhouses and other emplacements are destroyed with TNT. At 7:38 a combat cameraman with a 16mm Filmo is seen shooting battle scenes. Tanks (8:00) are shown as well as flamethrowers (8:20). At 8:45 the mangled body of a Japanese soldier is shown in tangled wreckage and rebar. At 8:50, mortars are fired. At 9:30, a few Japanese are taken prisoner; they are the exception to the rule. At 9:35, a loudspeaker is visible, apparently being used to broadcast an announcement in Japanese, encouraging enemy soldiers to surrender. At 10:04, Japanese prisoners are processed. One speaks to a tank driver. At 10:09, Prisoner of War tags are written up. At 10:20, a gruesome shot of rows of dead bodies of Japanese soldiers. At 10:52, an American G.I. receives medical attention in the field. At 11:21, wounded are moved by Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) to LSTs to receive further care. At 11:30, the remnants of Japan's airfield at Roi are shown, as well as a smashed Japanese aircraft. The ruined Japanese hq is shown at 12:00. The film ends with a memorial and 12 gun salute for those Americans lost in combat, may God have mercy on their souls (12:16), and a shot of Admiral Chester Nimitz, who led the sea borne attack. At 12:54, the American flag flies over what was once Japanese territory. The End.
The Battle of Kwajalein took place from 31 January – 3 February 1944, after the costly Battle of Tarawa. Landings took place on the main islands in the chain: Kwajalein in the south and Roi-Namur in the north. The results were decisive, with the Japanese losing an astonishing 3449 soldiers at the garrison at Roi-Namur, out of an original complement of 3500. For the first time, U.S. forces had penetrated the "outer ring" of the Japanese dominated Pacific.
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