National Geographic : 1946 Jun
() .\ational geographic Society . UUvmuumV, V.o.-,j, V._i, Our Invasion Fleet Gets Under Way for the Gilberts as the Navy Begins Its March Across theCentral Pacific toTokyo From the stern of this cruiser the blue sea seems full of fighting ships, bound for Tarawa and Makin. The Japaneserealized theimportance oftheoperations and defended the Gilbert Islands bitterly. Makin was captured by Army units November 22, 1943, and Tarawa, after a fierce battle bytheSecond Marines, two days later.