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Battle of Iwo Jima

Marines supported by the Navy and Air Force fought the Japanese both over and underground on the island of volcanic ash, in a battle which was immortalized by the raising of the Stars and Stripes above Mount Suribachi. It was a battle that the Japanese could not win but they were determined to die trying; of the 18,strong garrison, only were taken prisoner. Americans lost more in the 35 day battle, but at the end had possession of three airfields in range of the Japanese mainland.

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This book gives a clear, concise account of those dramatic days in , supported by a timeline of events and orders of battle. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Battle Story , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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Iwo Jima - HISTORY

Iwo Jima has been described as the most heavily fortified area in the history of warfare. Since the Japanese defenders were, as always, prepared to fight to the last man, the battle for Iwo Jima was ferocious. The hardest struggles were for the occupation of a height that U. LeMay throughout the closing months of and into However, it was still 1, miles 2, km from Saipan to Tokyo,…. Even by Pacific standards, Iwo Jima is a particularly small dot on the map, less than 10 square miles 26 sq km in size and some miles 1, km southeast of Tokyo.

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Its importance in was that it was within fighter range of the Japanese capital and could support the U. B Superfortress raids on mainland Japan from the Marianas , both with fighters and by providing emergency landing facilities for bombers in difficulty. In addition, after the fall of the Marianas, it had been fortified by a garrison of 18, men commanded by General Tadamichi Kuribayashi.


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Almost all the garrison and its defenses survived the massive preliminary air and naval bombardment because Kuribayashi had ordered his men not to open fire and reveal their positions until the attackers had actually landed. Marine divisions came ashore on 19 February and soon began taking heavy losses, pinned down on the crowded beaches under artillery and machine gun fire.

Progress inland was generally measured in yards as the Japanese resisted from the many trenches, tunnels, and other strongpoints that honeycombed the island. A small group of Marines managed to gain the summit of Mount Suribachi, the peak dominating the southern tip of the island, on 23 February and raised the Stars and Stripes there. The raising of the American flag over Mount Suribachi on February 23 was photographed by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press, and it became one of the famous images of the entire war.

The photograph actually depicts the second flag-raising over Mount Suribachi, since the first flag raised an hour or two earlier had been too small for other U. However, the Japanese troops fought with astonishing bravery and determination, hiding in caves and other impregnable positions under bombardment, then emerging to take a heavy toll of their attackers, often from positions on a flank or in the rear that the Americans had not located or had overlooked.

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The level of courage and commitment required of the attackers can be judged from the fact that twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded. General Schmidt announced that the island was secure on 16 March, but still the last few hundred Japanese defenders held out in a rocky cleft , known as Bloody Gorge, near the northern tip of the island. They were only wiped out after ten more days of struggle.

Iwo Jima was the only major engagement of the Pacific War in which U. Even before the battle ended, Bs were making emergency landings on Iwo Jima, possibly saving the lives of their aircrew. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

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