On 1 April, 1945, Allied forces landed on the shores of Okinawa. This 1945 color film, produced by the Marines Corps Photographic Service, tells the story of the initial phases of the campaign. Part 1 contains footage of the naval gunfire bombardment, the amphibious assault on the beach, and movement inland over the rugged terrain of the island. Also shown is a captured Japanese “Ohka” suicide rocket plane. Part 2 continues the story as American forces fight through the streets of small towns and villages, and encounter stronger Japanese resistance in the hills. Also shown is a small fleet of unused Japanese “Shinyo” suicide boats. Part 3 concludes the film with the pitched battle for Okinawa’s capital, Naha. As the film was produced during the war, with fighting on Okinawa still raging, it ends prior to the defeat of Japanese forces on the island.
Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-26.