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COMBAT OPERATIONS OF THE 3rd MARINE DIVISION, 5th MARINE DIVISION & 6th MARINE DIVISION IN WWII. 3-DVD-R video set. Bougainville, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa with real WWII combat footage.
Part of the American Fighting Divisions video series. Here you will examine the operations of the 3rd Marine Division, the 5th Marine Division, and the 6th Marine Division during World War Two. The 3rd Marine Division first went into action on Bougainville in November 1943. Bougainville is the largest island of the Solomon Island group and contains some of the most impregnable terrain in all of the Pacific Islands.
The assault on Guam began with one of the largest naval bombardments in history, lasting 13-days. The 3rd Marine Division and elements of the 6th Marine Division landed on July 21 against only light resistance initially. However, the Marines met fierce resistance from heavily defended positions in and around caves as they struggled inland.
In the official United States Marine Corps film report on IWO JIMA, you be part of the full briefing on the operation and witness some of the best combat photography of the Pacific War. You will also see the massive pre-invasion naval gunfire and air attacks from two huge fleets consisting of over 900 ships. Nearly 23,000 Japanese manned the most elaborate fortified defenses of World War Two, including over 600 gun emplacements and pillboxes, countless connected cave defenses and deep shelters. The defending Japanese turned the assault by the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions into what the Marines called a meat grinder.
The Battle for Okinawa was the baptism of fire for the 6th Marine Division. Composed of veterans from the elite U.S. Marine Raider Battalions and Marine units which saw action on islands like Eniwetok and Saipan, it was anxious to prove itself. The Marine Division performed flawlessly in combat against a dedicated and skilled Japanese force fighting to the end.
Approximately 3.5 hours total.
A Special introductory commentary is provided by historian and CIB Media president Frank R. Cambria, Captain, US Army