Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Demolition Crew - The Marianas

Demolition crew prepares to disable a mine
Description: Painting, Oil on Board; by Robert Benney; 1944; Framed Dimensions 40H X 58W
Accession #: 88-159-AF as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Before D-Day and H-Hour, these tough, hardened, and highly trained men went in on the beaches at Saipan to pave the way for invasion. It was they who made possible the approaches to the beach and the subsequent landings of our Army and Marines. Pictured here, a group of men have approached the beach at low water at a previously charted area. They are attaching "satchel" charges to the "Crib" in the rear. In the foreground is a Japanese horned "Scully" and the man directly behind it is attaching a demolition cap to a "J-13 Mine." In a few minutes their hazardous job will have been completed and another highway to Tokyo opened, thanks to the "Demolition Demons." 

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