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Archives Branch: Campaign Collections

Official records documenting the Marine Corps' involvement in various campaigns.

Saipan, Tinian, and Guam (Mariana Islands)

Holland Smith and his staff on Saipan, June 1944


Official Documents from Saipan, Tinian, and Guam 


Collection consists of 13 boxes (6.5 linear feet) of official records.  Documents include operation plans, operation orders, field orders, intelligence reports, action reports, periodic reports, administrative orders, official correspondence, studies, comments and recommendations, and memoranda concerning Operation Forager in the Mariana Islands, specifically the battle of Saipan (15 June - 9 July 1944); the battle of Tinian (24 July - 1 August 1944); and Liberation of Guam from Japanese control (21 July - 10 August 1944).

The bulk of the documents were produced by the Task force 56 (TF 56), III Amphibious Corps (III AC), V Amphibious Corps ( V AC), Northern Troops and Landing Force (NT & LF), 2d Marine Division, 3d Marine Division, and 4th Marine Division.

If you have any questions about these collections, please contact the Archives at (703) 784-4685 or



Saipan, Tinian, and Guam Photographs

The Archives Branch maintains a Flickr page dedicated to showcasing photographs found in our collections relevant to the study of the campaigns in the Mariana Islands, including Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, during World War II.
Please note that some of the photographs found on our Flickr pages are considered public domain and have been cleared for release. While some imagery is public domain, any use of such imagery from this site must be attributed to the Marine Corps or the photographer. Photographs may not be used to deface the reputation of the Marine Corps, its personnel, or policies.  Additionally, some imagery on this site may fall under copyright protection, such as imagery from personal photo collections. Please contact us for more information regarding copyright restrictions for these images.

Publications and Monographs produced by the Marine Corps History Division

Available as full-text, searchable PDFs from the Government Printing Office.

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