LSTs journey to the Green Islands with barrage balloons overhead

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Gift of Mary Noble, from The collection of the National WWII Museum

LSTs [Landing Ship, Tanks] journey to the Green Islands with barrage balloons overhead. "File No: OOR-141436. Released: March 13, 1944. Amphibious Picture Story---Allies [illegible] Green Islands. In a move of strategical brilliance, high-lighted by Gen. Doulas MacArthur's comment "...this completes the campaign for the Solomon Islands," America and New Zealand forces, covered by ships of the U.S. Navy, on February 16, 1944, landed and occupied the Green, or Nissan, islands just north of Bougainville. Overrunning the Jap defenses against negligible opposition, the Allied troops thereby sealed off the neck of a steel 'noose' wherein some 22,000 Japs on Bougainville, Buka and other Solomon Islands, are trapped to await death or surrender. In these official U.S. navy photographs the progress of the operations is recorded from the preparations for the venture to the swift advance of the victors over the terrain of the former Jap island base. (2) Breath-taking... especially for Japs! [Japanese]...This striking panorama portrays the rendezvous between LST's (Landing tanks) and an armed auxiliary fleet tug 'somewhere in the South Pacific for the journey to the Green Islands. Barrage balloons protect the LST's from low-flying Jap [Japanese] planes attack. - Official U.S. Navy Photograph." Pacific Ocean. Circa February 1944


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Official U.S. Navy Photographs collected by navy veteran John R. Noble, who served in the Pacific on the USS Castor and the USS Fletcher during World War II.
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Landing craft--American--New Guinea
Barrage balloons--American--New Guinea