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.

Tarawa Losses
Dead Wounded Captured
Japanese and Korean 4,690 - 146 (only 17 Japanese)
US 1,009 2,101
Supremacy 1914

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