Photograph of Marines on Training Maneuvers, 02/13/1944
The Marine Corps perfected the over-the-beach assault during the island-hopping campaigns of World War II. The Marines honed their skills through many practice landings like the one shown in this February 13, 1944, photograph.
"U.S. troops go over the side of a Coast Guard manned combat transport to enter the landing barges at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, as the invasion gets under way., 11/1943"
The Bougainville campaign by the Allies to dislodge Japanese forces from the strategically placed island off Papau New Guinea by the Allies began 70 years ago today on November 1, 1943, with an amphibious landing by U.S. Marines and a naval engagement.
In the only land battle of World War II to take place on incorporated U.S. territory, American forces began the invasion of Attu, in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, to dislodge occupying Japanese Forces on May 11, 1943.
U.S. FORCES BLAST JAPANESE FROM ATTU [ETC.], 1943
From the "United News" Newsreels series from the Office of War Information
After it was captured nearly three years earlier, the battle to retake the island of Luzon in the Philippines from Japanese forces began on January 9, 1945 with a naval bombardment followed by an amphibious landing.
- USS Pennsylvania and a battleship of Colorado class followed by three cruisers move in line into Lingayen Gulf preceding the landing on Luzon. Philippines, January 1945
- A line of Coast Guard landing barges, sweeping through the waters of Lingayen Gulf, carries the first wave of invaders to the beaches of Luzon, after a terrific naval bombardment of Japanese shore positions on January 9, 1945
September 15, 1950 - Amphibious Invasion of Inchon
U.S. Marines storm ashore during the amphibious invasion of the port city of Inchon during the Korean War.