Monday, March 10, 2008

Battle for Iwo Jima

The US Department of Defense has a nice site up dedicated to the Battle for Iwo Jima. This was a fierce conflict between American and Japanese forces during World War II fought in early 1945. The site features articles, maps, videos, and a picture gallery.

From the site:

Iwo Jima was the site of the most horrific amphibious assault of World War II and perhaps modern warfare. Approximately 70,000 Marines from the Vth Amphibious Corps (made up of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions) fought 21,000 Japanese in a brutal contest that left about 28,000 American casualties with nearly 6,821Americans dead. The battle remains the most costly in Marine Corps history.

Iwo Jima literally means "Sulfur Island" in Japanese, and as the planes landed on the island, the pungent smell of sulfur filled the air. After donning their 782 gear, Marines made the 5-mile trek from the airfield to the 565-foot towering summit of Mount Suribachi - the sight of the famous American flag-raising and the second most recognized icon in the world.

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