World War II - Victory in Europe: Defeating the Nazis: A by The Editors of TIME-LIFE

By The Editors of TIME-LIFE

The 1st months of 1945, which introduced the lengthy battle in Europe to an finish, have been probably the most awesome in historical past.

The Allies scored wonderful victories, Franklin Roosevelt died, Hitler dedicated suicide, and at last, in may possibly, the Germans surrendered and celebrations all over the world started, at the same time conflict within the Pacific raged on.

Victory in Europe charts the occasions of those fabulous days.

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TRHIUSMC Left: 81st Infantry Division troops in LVT-2s during the attack on Angaur Island. USMC via Real War Photos Opposite, above: LVT (A) -4 amphibious tanks, armed with M8 75mm turrets, head towards Angaur. USMC via Real War Photos Opposite, below: Good view of an LVT-2 on its way to the beaches of Peleliu. Capable of carrying 25 soldiers, this one looks a little light. ote the engine is at the back and there is no ramp forcing the Marines to dismount over the sides - this would not be improved until the LVT-4.

The smoke on the water comes from craft hit by the Japanese defenders. ote the surf breaking on the barrier reef that surrounded the island, and the clearing around the airfield runways inland. USMC via Real War Photos IN ACTION A spread of photographs showing Amtracs in action during the invasion of Peleliu. Above: Marines huddle in the back of an LVT-2 on its way towards White Beach. TRHIUSMC Left: 81st Infantry Division troops in LVT-2s during the attack on Angaur Island. USMC via Real War Photos Opposite, above: LVT (A) -4 amphibious tanks, armed with M8 75mm turrets, head towards Angaur.

The Japanese defenders, many of them entirely unscathed from the preliminary bombardments, opened a withering fire on the assault vehicles. In the first ten minutes 26 were badly hit, and 60 were destroyed or damaged in the first 90 minutes. 32 and 6,000 were ashore within three hours. Puller's men faced the stiffest task of the first day in securing the left flank. The 3rd Battalion's K Company bore the brunt of the combat. Quickly cut off and surrounded, the marines fought a threeday battle to secure a coral promontory known as 'The Point', suffering 33 per cent casualties to secure the position.

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