World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Profit & Loss

More eloquent than words was the camera's record of the carnage in the Gilberts. Capture of the atolls had cost the U.S.:

>1,092 men killed, 2,680 wounded. Most casualties (95%) were marines who fell on Tarawa's Betio island. The Gilberts' 5,700 Jap garrison was virtually wiped out.

>One warship sunkĀ—the torpedoed escort carrier Liscome Bay.* Many went down with her off Makin, including her skipper, Captain Irving D. Wiltsie, and a task force commander aboard her, Rear Admiral Henry M. Mullinnix.

>Four planes, against 46 of the enemy shot down while...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!