These pictures and captions were provided by the Historical Branch, HQMC
Some of the Japanese Caves, such as this one, had been carefully reinforced. Marine riflemen move warily to inspect it. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 83566
Map of the Pacific Ocean Area showing the importance Saipan and the other Islands
Marines dig in on the beachhead, consolidating their positions, and at the same time preparing to move out on the attack inland. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 81917
Displaying the bazooka which knocked out four Japanese light tanks are bazooka men PFC Lauren N. Kahn, left, and PFC Lewis M. Nadler. The two Marines fired all their ammunition at Japanese tanks advancing in a counterattack on the night of D-day+1. Kahn grabbed some granades, approached one tank from the side, and tossed the granade into its open turret. Their action saved a 37mm gun crew, the objective of the tank. The gun crew, with its men wounded, was also out of ammunition. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 85167
Civilians are escorted back to safety, food, and medical care. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 83013
Marine talks a terrified Chamorro woman and her children into leaving her refuge. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 83266
The 37mm gun was a workhorse for the Marines in a wide variety of firing missions. Those are Japanese bullet holes in its "Shield." Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 83989
A Marine 81mm mortar crew keeps lobbing shells into enemy positions ahead of the unit it is supporting by fire. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 82260
During a break in the fighting, Marines of a flame-thrower and demolitions team pose with the Japanese flag captured during action after the American landing. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 82608
With the Japanese well dug in, hidden in their well camouflaged positions, a satchel charge of high explosive is tossed into their laps. If any of them bolt out, the Marine riflemen are ready. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 83281
Moving on the double, Marines go yard by yard through skeletal Garapan, flushing out the Japanese defenders. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 85222
Amidst the horrors of war, someone retained a sense of humor, and put up this pre-World War II Marine recruiting poster in Garapan. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 87109
The only way to deal with some Japanese in their well-protected defenses was to blast them with a flame-thrower. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 84885
He may have started out sitting on a dud 16-inch Navy Shell, enjoying a smoke while emptying sand from his "boondockers," but by the end of the campaign, three weeks later, he had had too little sleep, to many fire fights, and too many buddies dead. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 85221
A salvo from the truck-mounted rockets was a welcome prelude to any Marine Attack. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 88403
Navy Corpsman risked their lives daily to treat wounded Marines. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 81846
A Marine moves out to catch up with his unit after he has covered a dead comrade with a poncho liner and marked his position with his bayoneted rifle. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 84474
A Marine enters the outskirts of Garapan, Saipan, through the torii gate of a Shinto Shrine. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 92993