By Larry Hama
A key strategic victory that prepared the ground for the Allied invasion of Japan, Iwo Jima was once defined through Lieutenant-General Holland Smith, Commander Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, as "the such a lot savage and expensive conflict within the historical past of the Marine Corps." For 36 days in February and March 1945, Marines pounded an island fortified by means of miles of interlocking caves, concrete blockhouses and pillboxes - probably the most impenetrable defenses of the Pacific struggle. Unwilling to give up, the japanese fought till the sour finish: the vast majority of their 20,000 troops have been killed within the battling, in comparison with 7,000 US lifeless. At Iwo Jima, the Marines secured an island base that might end up an important within the ultimate battles of the Pacific crusade. This e-book illustrates the Marines' decisive victory at Iwo Jima in photograph novel structure and comprises 8 pages of heritage details detailing the foremost gamers, the event of the forces, and the aftermath of the conflict.
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