Though Guam is a tiny island, the fight to control it cost nearly 20,000 Japanese soldiers their lives. Here you can see U.S. Marines relaxing during a lull in the fighting during the Second Battle of Guam. US troops here were defeated in 1941 by the Japanese, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But the U.S. Marines of III Marine Expeditionary Force stormed the island and wrested back control in July of 1944. Battles of huge significance and high death tolls raged through the tiny islands of the Pacific during World War II, but this picture belies nothing of the destruction before or after.


Mariana Islands. July 1944.

Credit: Anti Worlds