Photos of The Battle of Saipan 1944


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Photos of The Battle of Saipan 1944

The battle of Saipan was fought between the middle of June, and July 9, 1944. There were over 2,000 Americans killed, and over 10,000 wounded during the fighting. Many Japanese civilians on Saipan committed mass suicide, with the total civilian suicide count reaching into the thousands. Many civilians jumped from cliffs to their deaths.  
 Marines with the first wave, hit the beach at Saipan.
National Archives Photo: Record Group 127. ARC Identifier 532527 / Local Identifier 127-N-83261
 Marines inch there way on the beach at Saipan.
 National Archives photo: Record Group 127. ARC Identifier 532381 / Local Identifier 127-GR-113(83260)

 Troops awaiting order on a beach at Saipan.
 National Archives Photo: Record Group 127. ARC Identifier 532528 / Local Identifier 127-N-83928
Troops make their way to the beach, after being let off by LST's at Saipan, 1944.
National Archives photo: ARC Identifier 531194 / Local Identifier 111-SC-191475
 
 This photo shows Navajo Indian communication men, who landed with the Marines on Saipan. They were sometimes referred to as Code Talkers.  
 National Archives photo: Record group 127. ARC Identifier 532526 / Local Identifier 127-N-82619
 This Japanese family was found by a Marine patrol, hiding in a cave on Saipan.
 National Archives photo: Record Group 127. ARC Identifier 532382 / Local Identifier 127-GR-113(83266)
 This marker marks the grave of an Unknown Marine, who died on Saipan. Notice the many more markers in the background.
 National Archives Photo: From record group 80. ARC Identifier 520802 / Local Identifier 80-G-432752
  The result of bombing is shown in the photo of the town of Garapan, Saipan, Island.
National Archives Photo: From record group 338. ARC Identifier 292588
  A Navy Chaplain holds Mass for Marines in remembrance of buddies lost in combat.
National Archives Photo: From record group 127. ARC Identifier 532525 / Local Identifier 127-N-82262
  This Marine uses an unexploded shell to aid in getting sand out of his boot. Saipan, July 4, 1944.
National Archives Photo: From record group 127. ARC Identifier 532530 / Local Identifier 127-N-85221