WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc. Battle of Tarawa.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.
WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.

WWII Photo Album from 1943 including the battle of Tarawa, Hawaiian Islands, etc.

Kept by Pvt. Joseph B. Flaherty of the US Marines, Oblong small quarto, decorated leather covers titled "Service Album, US Marines," with cruising record: Left San Diego on June 30, 1943, arrived in New Zealand 34 days later, and in Oct. traveled from NZ to Tarawa where he participated in the fierce battle there from November 20-24, thence to Hawaii, and from there to stateside by April 1944. 28 sides are filled with about 75 photos -- some are snapshots, some look like they are almost commercial. No chronological order: perhaps the first ones (of young women friends) are from San Diego, the next are from Hawaii, including a surfing photo, and some are photos of island life, the next are Tarawa and seem, as we noted, almost commercial, neatly captioned within the plate "Dead Jap sniper," etc. After that the pictures are snapshots taken at the Bay Shore Motor Court -- wherever that is -- hanging out with his mates and a few women, followed by what look to be some family photos. We are not surprised that the photos taken in Tarawa seem to have been supplied by a more commercially minded colleague: the fighting there was intense: it was the first American offensive in the central Pacific region and they encountered 4,500 Japanese who put up serious opposition to the amphibious landings on the SW end of the atoll. More than 6,400 Japanese, Korean and US soldiers died in the 76-hour battle, and naturally the photos document the days after the battle, not the battle itself. Very Good. Item #H12189

Price: $125.00

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