Diary November 20, 1943

US Marines Tarawa island
US Marines dash forward with satchels of TNT to destroy a Japanese bunker on heavily fortified Tarawa island.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, November 20, 1943:

Sea War

Pacific – US MARINES LAND ON TARAWA AND BETIO (Gilbert Islands): 18,600 Americans engage 4,836 Japanese and Koreans until all organized resistance ends November 23.
6,472 infantry land on Makin (Japanese resistance ends November 23). Unsuccessful employment of 3 battleships at Betio prompts major revision of pre-invasion bombardment techniques in later operations.

[tableX caption=”Tarawa Losses” colwidth=”25|25|25|25″ colalign=”left|center|center|center”]
, Dead, Wounded, Captured
Japanese and Korean , “4,690”, -, 146 (only 17 Japanese)
US, “1,009”, “2,101”, –

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