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Tarawa Landings
Beginning:

11 September 1942

End:

20 September
1942

Location:

Tarawa, Gilbert Islands

Outcome:

United States Victory

Combatants

Empire of Japan

United States

Commanders

Keiji Shibazaki

Quenton McGuire

Strength

6,000+ Soldiers

15,000 Marines

Casualties

6,148 nearly 2/3 KIA

4,356 about 1/3 KIA

  

The landings on Tarawa were among the first sucessful attacks by the Allies into Japanese territory. Four USN Battleships provided supporting bombardments, until forced away by Nell torpedo bombers. USS Colorado, USS California, USS Oklahoma and USS Arizona all suffered torpedo hits.

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