USS Colorado (BB-45) fring her aft 16-inch/45-caliber guns during preparations for the Tarawa landings. Crewmen visible in this photo are not in combat dress, indicating that the view was taken during battle practice (80-G-K-13670).
Despite enemy fire, Marines wade through the surf off Betio, Tarawa atoll. Landing craft and barges brought them to within 500 yards of the beach, but the coral bottom prevented the craft from coming any closer to the shore (UA 55-01-06).
Northwestern end of Betio Island, Tarawa, 22 November 1943, with Beach Red 1 at left and Green Beach in center and right. Several LVTs and a Japanese landing craft are on the beach. Several coast-defense guns are also visible (NH-95704).
Marine throwing a grenade during the fight for Betio Island, circa 20–23 November 1943. Note sand hill at far right, possibly a Japanese defensive position, and fixed bayonet on M-1 rifle (USMC-63658).
View of the western part of Betio Island, Tarawa atoll, on 24 November 1943, after its capture by U.S. Marines. Taken from a USS Essex (CV-9) aircraft looking north, with part of Beach Green in upper left and part of Beach Red 1 in top right (80-G-90388).
View looking toward "No Man's Land" from the head of the pier, on Betio Island, Tarawa atoll, as Marines fight to dislodge Japanese defenders from strongpoints around the airfield, 22 November 1943. Note wrecked truck and other equipment beyond the Marines (USMC-67707).
Major General Holland M. Smith, USMC (center), commanding the V Amphibious Force ground forces, and Major General Julian C. Smith, commanding the 2nd Marine Division, inspect Betio Island, Tarawa atoll, in late November 1943 (80-G-212220).