The campaign in the Marshalls was a necessary stepping stone in the battle for the Central Pacific. Eniwetok was a central target, with 3,500 Japanese and Korean defenders. Landings were made on February 18, 1944.
The Americans moved with air, sea and land coordination, and used the tactics they developed under fire at Tarawa. Battleships moved to within 1,500 yards of the shore to fire on Japanese positions. A combined force of US Army and US Marines landed and began moving behind massed artillery barrages.