The Battle of Iwo Jima
The invasion of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945, and continued to March 26, 1945. The battle was a major initiative of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The Marine invasion, known as Operation Detachment, was charged with the mission of capturing the airfields on the island which up until that time had harried U.S. bombing missions to Tokyo. Once the bases were secured, they could then be of use in the impending invasion of the Japanese mainland.
The battle was marked by some of the fiercest fighting of the War. The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 kilometers (11 mi) of tunnels. The battle was the first U.S. attack on the Japanese home islands and the Imperial soldiers defended their positions tenaciously. Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers present at the beginning of the battle, over 20,000 were killed and only 1,083 taken prisoner
1st Film: "To The Shores of Iwo Jima". This a Navy film on the actual battle for Iwo Jima. For 40 days, the Marines fought the Japanese until there just wasn't any more. The Americans suffered also with over 4ooo dead. This film is known as an award wining documentary. Runtime 19:07 Min's.
2nd Film: "Target Suribachi" . This is a great film form the another award winning series called "Victory at Sea". Great story with footage of a great typhoon that the Navy had to struggle through too. Runtime 26:23 Min's
3rd Film: "Seabees Road to Iwo" . This film is by the Navy on the Seabees building the airfields through the Pacific War. There goal was to "Advance the Bomber Line". Using Marston Mats, the build runways out of the jungle in days, not months. They called it "Magic Carpets". Ultimately, in this film, the Seabees end up at Iwo Jima which was a very bloody affair. Runtime 18:50 Min's
4th Film: "Corregidor to Iwo". Before the Americans invaded Iwo Jima, they had to take the Philippines. The final battle was retaking Corregidor. Then it was onto Iwo Jima. This that short story. Runtime 8:34 Min's
5th Film; "USMC 170th Anniversary". A USMC film on the 170 year history of the Marine Corps ending with the end of Okinawa. Runtime 8:43 Min's
6th Film: "Iwo Newsreels". This is a series of newsreels on Iwo Jima. 1st, Iwo Jima. 2nd, Activities On Iwo Jima. 3rd, Second Airfield Taken On Iwo. 4th, Additional film on Iwo Jima. 5th, Flag raising Film On Iwo Jima. Runtime 14:47 Min's
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