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U.S. Marine infantrymen move quickly to take up new positions against Japanese troops during the Battle of Saipan, while the village of Garapan burns. Garapan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. 3 July 1944

A grizzled, weary American peers over his shoulder during the final days of fighting during the July, 1944 Battle of Saipan. The pivotal Allied victory there, 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, was earned at the cost of 3,000 American lives. This picture — easily among the most striking and immediately recognizable of LIFE’s countless war photos — was the 1940s equivalent of saying to the American public: We didn’t start this fight. But we’re going to finish it.

The TIME Vault: 1955

A crew maneuvers an enormous piece of artillery during the Battle of Saipan, 1944. In the waning days of the struggle for the island, thousands of Japanese civilians and troops committed suicide, rather than surrender to American troops. Many leapt to their death from the top of sheer cliffs that fall 200 feet to rocks and surf below.

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Discovery of long-lost WWII dog tags may solve 70-year-old mystery

Mystery: Army infantryman Bernard Gavrin went missing during the Battle of Saipan in 1944 at the age of 31. The battle was part of America's Pacific campaign and lasted a bloody three weeks

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US Marine emptying sand from his boot and having a smoke on an unexploded 16-inch shell fired from a battleship in support of the Battle of Saipan, 1944

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What One Photographer Saw at the Battle of Saipan

"One living person among hundreds of corpses in one cave was this fly-covered baby who almost smothered before soldiers found him, rushed him to hospital."

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The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June – 9 July 1944. The Allied invasion fleet embarking the expeditionary forces left Pearl Harbor on 5 June 1944, the day before Operation Overlord in Europe was launched. The U.S. 2nd Marine Division, 4th Marine Division, and 27th Infantry Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Holland Smith, defeated the 43rd Division of the Imperial Japanese Army…

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US Marine holding a wounded and dying baby found in the mountains ~ Battle of Saipan Island ~ June 1944 ~ Photo by w. Eugene Smith

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Pictures I Like: “A Walk To The Paradise Garden”, W. Eugene Smith (1946)

Frightened civilian woman and children emerging from cave where they had hidden during battle between Japanese & American forces for control of Saipan. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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