National Geographic : 1945 Sep
Wide World from Press Ass'n Shelled and Burned, Tarakan's Oil Tank Farm Looks Like an Exploded Fortress to theFirst Australian Assault Wave Some in helmets, some in campaign hats, the Aussies crouch in a U. S. Navy landing craft. Ahead lie underwater obstacles, marked byrows of stakes; these must be cleared by engineers. Storage tanks have been destroyed by Allied bombers lest the Japanese pour flaming oil onto thebeachhead. Shells and bombs have driven the enemy into the hills. The 54-day campaign left the island "a filthy mess" where oil oozed into bomb craters.