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The hell of the Pacific War - in color: Remastered photos reveal the brutal conditions faced by US troops against the Japanese in WWII (19 Pics)

  • The harrowing photos reveal US soldiers attempting to navigate their tanks and 4x4s through difficult jungle terrain in Papua New Guinea 

  • Electrician Royston Leonard, 55, from Cardiff, Wales, who spent time restoring the pictures, believes the pictures give an accurate portrayal of the struggle faced by American troops in the Pacific theatre 

  • The unexpected Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 signalled the start of the Pacific War and the USA's involvement in WWII 

  • Fascinating re-colorized images have been released bringing the devastating battles of the Second World War in the Pacific back to life in incredible detail. Pictured, Marines Gunnery Sergeant J. Paget, Privates L.C. Whether and V.A. Sot fire on a nest of Japanese snipers in Guam in 1944

    The harrowing photos reveal US soldiers attempting to navigate their tanks and 4x4s through difficult jungle terrain in Papua New Guinea and a fighter using a flamethrower on a Japanese position in the Philippines. Pictured, marines from the H Battery, 3rd Battalion set up artillery in the Solomon Islands just off Blue Beach 2


    Electrician Royston Leonard, 55, from Cardiff, Wales, who spent time restoring the pictures, believes the pictures give an accurate portrayal of the struggle faced by American troops in the Pacific theatre. Pictured, a camouflaged Japanese bomber destroyed during a low-level attack in Papua New Guinea in 1942/43


    The unexpected Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 signalled the start of the Pacific War and the USA's involvement in World War Two. Pictured, a wave of Alligator landing vehicles head toward defenses on Peleliu in September 1944


    There were around 36 million casualties during the Pacific War. Pictured, marines firing mortar shells in the Solomon Islands

    Pictured, an M4 Sherman of 'A' Company 763rd Tank Battalion and troops from the 96th Infantry Division in battle at Okinawa, April 1945



    Pictured, a US soldier uses an M2 flamethrower on a Japanese position in Manila at the close of World War II in 1945


    Pictured, two United States Marines cover a Japanese sniper hiding in a church, below Shuri Castle on Okinawa 



    Pictured, a US marine sitting on Japanese ammunition boxes takes aim using his M1 Garand at Iwo Jima in 1945

    Pictured, US Marines William A. McCoy and Ralph L. Plunkett hold a sign saluting the Coast Guard contribution after the Japanese forces were defeated on Guam in 1944

    Pictured, tanks of the 603rd supporting the 162nd Infanty Regiment in Hollandia, New Guinea in April 1944

    Pictured, US Marines hit the beach from their Alligators while under heavy fire from enemy Japanese positions during the beginning of the Battle of Peleliu in 1944


    Pictured, a US Navy Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless of bombing squadron VB-8 on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) during the Battle of Midway in 1942


    Pictured, troops of the 165th infantry on Butaritari Beach, Makin Atoll in November 1943. The American forces also seized the Gilbert Island Atoll from the Japanese

    Pictured, men of the US First Marines Division at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, late December 1943


    Pictured, two Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during fighting at Wana Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945


    Pictured, US Marines on the beach of Namur Islet, Kwajalein Atoll, the first of the Marshall Islands to be taken from Japan in January–February 1944


    Pictured, Private First Class N. E. Carling stands beside the American M4 Sherman medium tank 'Killer' on Kwajalein Atoll


    Pictured, US troops driving a tank through a dense jungle landscape during the height of the Second Wold War 

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