Invasion beaches are really well-ordered confusion. In spite of an apparent hustle-and-bustle, and enemy opposition, beachheads follow a carefully planned and rehearsed order of business. This one at Peleliu, on 15 September 1944, shows the versatile Am-tracks and tanks crawling inland while the ubiquitous bulldozers set about getting runways and roads in order for the tremendous flow of supplies starting to pour ashore. Far in the background, landing craft are unloading streams of assault troops and Marine experts at island-smashing.
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