A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Tarawa Atoll, Battle of

Tarawa Atoll, Battle of On 20 November 1943, General Holland Smith’s 12,000 marines began landing against Rear Admiral Keiji Shibasaki’s 4,836 Japanese soldiers. Japanese resistance ended on 23 November. US losses: 1,056 killed, 2,292 wounded. Japanese losses: 4,819 killed, 17 captured. Tarawa’s capture ended the threat from its Japanese airfield and gained a base for the Marshall Islands campaign.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Tarawa Atoll, Battle of," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed April 14, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R94MCVA6WCEGX63.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Tarawa Atoll, Battle of." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 14 Apr. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R94MCVA6WCEGX63.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Tarawa Atoll, Battle of' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 14 April 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R94MCVA6WCEGX63.