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Video: Marines assault Tarawa reenacted

In less than 80 hours, the Marines took the island, but lost 1,700 men with 2,100 wounded. The Japanese lost 4,600 men defending the island, only 17 Japanese soldiers were taken prisoner.

Watch this reenactment of the World War II Marine assault upon Tarawa presented at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.

This November 1943 battle was the first offensive against the Japanese in the Central Pacific.

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.