WW2 War Diary for Saturday, November 20, 1943:
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.
|Japanese and Korean||4,690||-||146 (only 17 Japanese)|