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Program Title: Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa
EASC Code: AC-09
Series Title: Crusade in the Pacific
Region/Country: Asia
Language: English
Subject: History
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Release Date: 2000
Running Time: 120 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract:Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa
Facing a fantastically committed and well prepared enemy, the Allies intensify their offensive. Amphibious assaults on the central Pacific atolls of Makin and Tarawa are shown in detail, from the front lines. At Tarawa, over 99% of the Japanese defenders fight to the death, giving U.S. Marines their most arduous combat experience to that date.

The War at Sea
Aircraft carriers and submarines played a particularly significant role in the Pacific war. Dramatic re-creations and other footage offer a fascinating glimpse of life on board these impressive vessels. From torpedo and depth charge attacks to fighter plane crashes and deck launch/recovery procedures, this exciting episode features an array of high adrenaline events.

Speeding up the Attack: The Marshalls
On diminutive coral islands of the marshalls group, fortified Japanese positions offer stiff resistance. American combat cameraman bring back astounding images of the battles at Kwajalein and Eniwetok, as well as images of the smoking rubble left behind. Naval Construction Battalions routinely work miracles as they speedily transform battlefields into viable new bases.

Stepping Stones to the Philippines
A series occupied islands stood in line between the recently liberated Solomon Islands and the Philippines. Spectacular footage details Allied and Japanese forces' slugging matches over New Britain, New Guinea and Admiralty Islands. Reconnaissance mission and naval/air bombardments are particularly well covered.

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