National Geographic : 1944 Jan
U.S.Marine Corps, Official LST's Steel Jaws Open, and Out Spill Marines with Full Equipment to Occupy Nanumea, Ellice Islands Defying seamanship rules, the captain has steered across reefs to the beach. Now the drawbridge drops, and troops wade theshallows. Like ferryboats, these war born landing craft are designed for easy loading and discharge. Men emerge first, then vehicles. Gasoline, ammunition, and stores follow intheorder needed.