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Fury in the Pacific (1945)

Not Rated | | War, Documentary, Short | 22 March 1945 (USA)
Documentary short film depicting American Army, Navy, Marine, Air Forces, and Coast Guard joint assaults on a Japanese-held island.
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Richard Carlson ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lewis B. Puller Lewis B. Puller ... Self (uncredited)
William H. Rupertus William H. Rupertus ... Self (uncredited)

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Documentary short film depicting American Army, Navy, Marine, Air Forces, and Coast Guard joint assaults on a Japanese-held island.

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Eight cameramen were wounded and one was killed filming this documentary. See more »

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U.S. Marines and Army Infantry seaborne forces, backed by Air Force fighters, pursue campaign to drive Japanese out of Pacific island chains
5 December 2010 | by sonetti-1See all my reviews

A grappling battlefield filming in B&W of the bloody assault on the Pacific island of Peleliu (nowadays, Palau) by forces of the 1st Marine Division and the 81st Army Infantry Division,aimed at the seizure of a small airstrip deemed vital to General Douglas MacArthur's progress towards the retaking of the Philippines. Bearing in mind that the Japanese garrison was practically wiped out (10,695 dead and only 202 survivors captured) and that the American side (with a total of 22 thousand fighting men committed) suffered 1,794 killed and 8,010 wounded, it was the battle with the highest casualty rate of all those held in the Pacific Theater.Expected to last only four days, it dragged on from September to November 1944,the fighting going on in 115ºF. heat and the only American drinking water supply drenched in oil.The film's stark images, filmed on the front line throughout, show Japanese forces being forced by napalm dousing out of caves and dugouts, and shot down as they emerged; and the bodies being washed ashore of the Marines and soldiers who were cut down upon stepping out of the landing craft, stopped short in the water from being able to wade their way ashore -these images conveying the same gruesome impact as those in the 1944 John Ford documentary "With the Marines at Tarawa"-. Deftly narrated by Hollywood's sometimes leading man, sometimes character actor Richard Carlson (who made his fame in such films as the 1941 flick "The little foxes",the 1950 drama/adventure "King Solomon's Mines" -alongside Clark Gable,Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly-, and the horror/science fiction movies "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "It came from Outer Space"), this documentary pays deserving tribute to the persevering contribution of the individual fighting man to the winning of the war against Japanese expansionism in the Far East -which indeed raged unstoppable between 1931 and 1944-. Another lesson that liberty is never obtained gratis, it has to be conquered through confrontation and sacrifice.


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