Master Box 1:35 - US Marine Corps Infantry, Tarawa, November 1943

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Master Box 1:35 US Marine Corps Infantry, Tarawa, November 1943 (Bloody Atoll Series, Kit No 2) - Plastic Figure Model Kit #3543

The Battle of Tarawa began at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on November 20th, 1943 and lasted three days. It was the first US assault in the Pacific during WWII. It was also the first time in the Asia-Pacific War when American troops faced rigorous Japanese resistance. This time Japanese soldiers were well-prepared and fought to the last man. Over 6,000 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died on the battlefield at the Atoll. 

18,000 US marines of the 2nd Marine Division commanded by Major General Julian Smith took part in the Battle. About 1,000 of them were killed and over 2,000 were wounded.

The kit represents five US marines ready to open fire against the enemy. One of  them is armed with an M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), three others have M1 Garand rifles. One marine is carrying his wounded fellow soldier.

The kit includes parts for the assembly of five figures and weapon. Glue and paint are not included.





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