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By Derrick Wright

One of many decisive battles of global conflict II (1939-1945) within the Pacific, Iwo Jima used to be defined via Lieutenant-General Holland Smith, Commander Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, as "The such a lot savage and costliest conflict within the heritage of the Marine Corps" - a massive fight that eclipsed all that had long gone prior to. located midway alongside the B-29 Superfortress path to the japanese mainland, the island used to be of significant strategic value to the U.S. Air strength, but additionally to the japanese, 20,000 of whom have been deeply entrenched within the island. This booklet presents a definitive account of the conflict, from its origins to its hard-fought conclusion.

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To the north, 68 Navy planes blasted the Japanese lines with bombs and rockets, and at 0740hrs a massive barrage of artillery and naval gunfire added their weight as the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions moved against a complex of well-hidden enemy positions and casualties soon began to mount. Near the west coast, Sherman tanks led an advance of over 1,000 yards by the 26th and 27th Regiments and the D-Day 0-1 line was finally reached. On the east side of the island, the 4th Division could only take 50yds (46m) of ground in the rugged terrain around the Quarry despite being reinforced by an extra company.

D+3 There was no let-up in the weather on Wednesday as Marines of the 28th Regiment, drenched to the skin and bent by the wind, prepared to renew the attack on Suribachi. Fresh supplies of ammunition had been brought to the front during the night, but the Shermans were mired in mud and the Navy declined to supply air support in the appalling weather. It was to be up to the foot soldier with rifle, flamethrower, grenade, and demolition charge to win the day. Colonel Atsuchi still had 800-900 men left and they had no intention of allowing the Americans an easy victory.

We had nothing to protect us but the clothes on our back," said Wells who was in the thick of the fighting, reducing enemy bunkers with hand grenades and receiving severe wounds to his legs. "I could feel myself running out of energy, my wounds were beginning to take their toll. " To the north, 68 Navy planes blasted the Japanese lines with bombs and rockets, and at 0740hrs a massive barrage of artillery and naval gunfire added their weight as the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions moved against a complex of well-hidden enemy positions and casualties soon began to mount.

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