National Geographic : 1944 Jul
Landing Craft for Invasion U. n . Marine i orps, umclai Holding Their Guns High, Marines Dash Ashore through the New Britain Surf Breakers rolled right over the green-clad veterans of Guadalcanal as they jumped off the ramps of the LSTs. At times only their guns and hands could be seen above the surface. Yet onward they charged into the jungle to take the Japanese by surprise and capture an important air strip on Cape Gloucester. American losses were light. This landing helped seal Dampier Strait between New Britain and New Guinea. Such sandy beaches are ideal for landing vessels. But rocks, coral heads, and artificial hazards are dangerous, rip out bottoms.