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Thomas Sweeney
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Across the reef

July 27, 2016 · in Diorama · 5 · 1.2K

At dawn on 20 November 1943, U.S. marines launched an assault on Tarawa, a Japanese-held atoll in the British Protectorate of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. The water in the lagoon was only 3 feet deep that morning, less than the 4–5 feet required by a fully loaded personnel carrier to navigate the waters. As a result, marines saddled with equipment were forced to wade almost a mile across the lagoon under heavy Japanese fire.

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5 responses

  1. Another fine looking depiction, Tom...looks like you got this diorama thing down pat. 🙂

  2. Yes I can do dioramas but I can't do aircraft as you know


    • Why do you say THAT...? Your Wildcat kit (with all the figures) looks pretty good to ME. Maybe you should consider putting THAT in some sort of diorama setting. That'd really "pop out" THEN. 🙂

  3. Tom, what Craig said, your dioramas are very well done, and tell a story. I've read about the Pacific landings over the years, and this is how I pictured them.Well done, Marine.

  4. Great work! I enjoy your action-packed dios!

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