Sunday, November 21, 2010


"Marines Fall Forward" by Kerr Eby
67 years ago, from 20-23 November 1943, Marines from the 2nd Marine Division assaulted and captured Tarawa atoll from the Japanese, marking the beginning of the hard amphibious campaign in the Pacific during WWII.
"Landing on Tarawa" by Richard Gibney

"Tarawa-Betio" by Harry Jackson

Great examples of Marine heroism came out of the three day battle, where Marines went forward against terrible opposition-- and the Marine Corps itself gained not only glory, but also hard-gained experience which would prove invaluable in the years ahead.
"Long Thoughts" by Kerr Eby

Some great combat art also came out of the battle, as several artists, like Richard Gibney, Harry Jackson, and Kerr Eby, were witnesses to the battle.  These men went through the hell of Tarawa, and created powerful images based on their experiences. They're worth a second (and third and fourth...) look.

1 comment:

Gerald said...

Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

Your article is very well done, a good read.