Gilbert Islands


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Gilbert Islands

A group of islands of western Kiribati in the central Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by a mixture of Polynesian and Melanesian peoples, the islands were first visited by the British in 1765, made a protectorate in 1892, and later became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony (1916-1976). Full independence as the principal islands of Kiribati was achieved in 1979.

Gilbert Islands

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(Placename) a group of islands in the W Pacific: with Banaba, the Phoenix Islands, and three of the Line Islands they constitute the independent state of Kiribati; until 1975 they formed part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands; achieved full independence in 1979. Pop: 82 902 (2005). Area: 295 sq km (114 sq miles)

Ki•ri•ba•ti

(ˌkɪər iˈbɑ ti, ˈkɪər əˌbæs)

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a republic in the central Pacific Ocean, on the equator, comprising 33 islands. 85,501; 275 sq. mi. (717 sq. km). Cap.: Tarawa. Formerly, Gilbert Islands.
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Noun1.Gilbert Islands - a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
Makin, Tarawa-Makin, Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
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He was a decorated veteran who participated in battles of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas Island and Okinawa.
But climate change could shift ocean currents in a surprising way that lessens the warming near the tiny Gilbert Islands right on the equator, say scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
In addition, in 1944, a total of 396 dengue-infected military personnel from the Gilbert Islands were evacuated to hospitals on Oahu, Hawaii (16).
The three main groupings are the Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, and Line Islands.
Every time Spruance commanded an operation against the Japanese they lost: Midway where the Japanese lost four fleet carriers in June 1942 and were thrust permanently on the defensive; the amphibious assault on the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 (Tarawa); and the amphibious assault on the Marshall Islands in May 1944, including an air assault on Truk.
WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dick Eldridge was a hospital corpsman with the Seabees in World War II, while Karl Koles served as a yeoman in the Marshall and Gilbert islands.
24 that year along with more than 600 shipmates when an enemy torpedo sank the ship during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.
Although the colonel did not fight in the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, he saw ample combat in Vietnam with amphibious assault tactics that proved so vital to Tarawa's costly capture and provided lessons for later battles such as Io Jima.
Here he pens a terse and telling commentary for some 300 photos of the 2nd Marine Division's landing and three day battle for Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll in the northwest Gilbert Islands at a loss of some 3,000 casualties in November 1943.
Members of the Catholic faith were concentrated in the northern islands of the Gilbert Islands group, while Protestants were the majority in the southern Gilbert Islands.
He enlisted in the Marines at 17 and served in the South Pacific in the Solomon and Gilbert islands.