This is a shot taken in front of a Japanese pillbox that contains a 75mm field gun located on the storied "Point" of Peleliu. You can see White Beach and the excellent field of fire the Japanese gunners would have had. As it was, they raked this beach with deadly fire...a scene reminiscent of Tarawa. One vet told me during the 50th anniversary reunion of the battle on the island that at least 50 dead Marines were scattered at the high-water mark on the beach closest to the gun. A casemate some 40 yards from this view, housed a Naval Type 96 25mm machine cannon...a vicious weapon intended for anti-aircraft use but depressed for horizontal fire against the invading amtracks off the beach! Inland of the jungle line was a small coral ridge that paralleled the entire beach. The Japanese set-up rifle/mortar pits, machine gun nests, and 2 pillboxes (1 with a 37mm AT gun and another with a 20mm aircraft cannon). You could only imagine the hell this scene portrayed 65 years ago!