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QPME: Battle of Okinawa

This QPME guide provides information and learning resources about the United States Marine Corps role in the Battle of Okinawa, the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War during World War II.

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Combat Bulletin 1: Bulletin of the Okinawa Operation MOB-56


Bulletin of the Okinawa Operation MOB-56. 1945 United States Marine Corps "combat bulletin" film that covers the Battle of Okinawa. Part 1 of 2. On 1 April, 1945, Allied forces landed on the shores of Okinawa. This film tells the story of the campaign. Part 1 contains footage of the naval gunfire bombardment, the amphibious assault on the beach, and movement inland over the rugged terrain of the island. Also shown is a captured Japanese "Ohka" suicide rocket plane. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command.

Combat Bulletin 2: Okinawa Bulletin No. 2 - Final Phases


Okinawa Bulletin No. 2 - Final Phases. 1945 United States Marine Corps "combat bulletin" film that covers the Battle of Okinawa. Part 2 of 2. Part 2 contains footage of the activities of the 1st and 6th Marine Divisions on the island. It shows artillery bombardments of Shuri Castle and Naha, Corsair resupply drops, the heavy rains during the campaign, the capture of Naha airstrip, use of flamethrowers, grenades, firebombs, and satchel charges to clear caves and other enemy positions.

The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa


The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa. During the campaign for Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) the Sixth Marine Division was assigned to the III Amphibious Corps. This Academy Award nominated Kodachrome color documentary film tells the story of the 82 days fighting on the Island of Okinawa. This video and more can be found on the Internet Archive.

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