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Marine Grimaces as Japanese Mortars Come In on Peleliu

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In a still from FURY IN THE PACIFIC, a First Marine Division leatherneck grimaces as Japanese mortar fire comes in. FURY IN THE PACIFIC was released on March 22, 1945, and is recognized as one of the best Pacific War documentaries of World War II. Unlike many jingoistic films, FURY IN THE PACIFIC respected the fighting qualities of the Japanese. The documentary used combat camera footage from the First Marine Division‘s landing on Peleliu and the United States Army‘s 81st Infantry Division‘s landing on Angaur in September 1944. It was narrated by Richard Carlson (April 29, 1912 – November 21, 1977) Sources differ as to how many combat cameramen were killed or wounded filming FURY IN THE PACIFIC, but at least ten of thirty-nine men in the photography unit were casualties. Once the First Marine Division entered the Umurbrogol, a series of ridges that were the high point of Peleliu, unusually disciplined Japanese fire control inflicted huge casualties on the Marines. 6,500 Marines were killed or wounded on Peleliu. Date Estimated.
Image Filename wwii1427.jpg
Image Size 2.01 MB
Image Dimensions 2888 x 2316
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title United States Marine Corps
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed September 15, 1944
State or Province Peleliu
Country Palau
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number NWDNS-80-G-48358
Status Caption ©2010, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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