The Newseum's Rich Foster, left, and Norman Hatch. (John Milewski/Newseum)

The Newseum's Rich Foster, left, and Norman Hatch. (John Milewski/Newseum)

Inside Media: Battle in the South Pacific

May 24, 2008

Guest: Norman Hatch

Norman Hatch, the newsreel cameraman who filmed the historic Battle of Tarawa during World War II, discussed his work during the "Inside Media" program.

Hatch was the only cameraman to capture both American and Japanese troops in the same frame. While filming the Americans, Hatch heard that the Japanese were coming.

"I didn't have to do anything except swivel my body," he recalled.

Making the slightest movements meant that he had to constantly refocus and adjust his camera.

As a combat filmmaker on the front lines of battles such as Tarawa and Iwo Jima, Hatch was often asked by soldiers why he worked in such dangerous conditions.

"My camera was equally important as a mortar was," he said. "We had to tell the public what we were doing."

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