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By Gordon L. Rottman

В ночь на 17-18 августа 1942 года, 211 бойцов 2-го батальона морской пехоты США провели дерзкую десантную вылазку на оккупированный японцами остров Макин

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At low tide 300–400yds of the near shore coral flats are exposed. The entire island is bordered by reefs on both sides, 100–200yds across on the southern ocean side and 500–1,500yds wide on the northern lagoon side. Large patches of bottom-growing turtle grass are found on parts of the lagoon reef. 1 8 A fibrous root with large leaves grown in wet pits and cooked for food. com Carlson’s Marine Raiders looking out to sea. Among the buildings were two radio stations. Other than a few machine-gun positions, there was no coast defense or antiaircraft guns and no pillboxes or obstacles emplaced on beaches.

Withdrawal After the battle of the Breadfruit Trees, Carlson made no efforts to advance and complete the mission. With snipers still in the vicinity the Raiders spent the first afternoon doing little other than conducting a few local patrols, scrounging for food and souvenirs, sheltering when aircraft attacked, and waiting. After wasting these hours, late in the afternoon Carlson began pulling back the Raiders. He was hoping to draw the remaining snipers into a more open area. At around 1600 he left the left flank element in place and 10 All mentioned reconnaissance floatplanes were single-engine biplanes, with two- or three-man crews.

Commanding USS Nautilus) and to his right Cdr Robert A. 15 – the Makin raiding force). (US Marine Historical Center) Owing to the zigzag courses, rather than traveling 2,000 miles, this distance was almost doubled. The faster Nautilus arrived off Little Makin at 0309 on August 16. Turning southwest, it conducted a periscope reconnaissance of Makin throughout the day. No useful intelligence was gained other than observing rain squalls and that the 1½-knot westward tidal current was stronger than expected.

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