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Iwo Jima
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Iwo Jima

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  • 1. Iwo Jima
  • 2. Reasons for the Invasion of Iwo Jima Iwo Jima is an island in the pacific. The American invasion of this island was part of the island-hopping in the pacific. There were several reasons for the invasion of Iwo Jima: To continue the B-29(bombers) raid on Japan It contained airstrips the Japanese Kamikazes used. The airfields provided a base that could be used as emergency landing strips for B-29s coming from Japan.
  • 3. Invasion of Iwo Jima The Battle of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945. The Marines mission was to secure airfields on the island. When they invaded, they had to climb Mt. Suribachi on the southern island and it was really tough terrain. Iwo Jima was mostly barren land and Japanese hid in tunnels, attacking soldiers, then retreating. This was the most intense fighting in the battle. The marines had to climb through volcanic ash, carrying 100 pound bags.
  • 4. Raising the Flag By February 22nd, marines surrounded the mountain and on February 23rd, they had captured it. They raised an American flag at 10:20 AM. They later brought a bigger flag. It was raised by Ira Hayes, Mike Strank, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, Franklin Sonsley, and John Bradley. A picture was taken by Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer prize for it later. The picture is the most reproduced photo of all time.
  • 5. The Pulitzer prize- winning photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal
  • 6. Invading the North End of the Island February 24th February 25th Marines started to Marine division starts invade the north end to attack center of of the island but only Japanese line at 9:30 gained 500 yards AM. Brought in flame because Japanese throwing tanks to kill were able to stop Japanese, but the their tanks. advance was very slow.
  • 7. Invading North End of Island Continued -February 28th -Marines get on high ground looking over airfield #3, but need to capture hills around it. -March 4th -The first damaged B-29 landed in the captured airfields.
  • 8. End of the Battle of Iwo Jima March 25th Resistance on the island continued until then. The battle ended at Kitano Point. The island was declared secure on March 26th. The island was then used for landing spots for B- 29s that were raiding Japan.
  • 9. American Casualties Americans killed during Battle of Iwo Jima: 6,821 Americans wounded during the battle: 19,217 More U.S. Marines received the medal of honor in the Battle of Iwo Jima than any other battle in U.S. history.
  • 10. Japanese Casualties of Iwo Jima: -Japanese prisoners of war from the Battle 1,083 -Japanese killed during the battle: an estimated 20,000 -Japanese strength on the island was underestimated by U.S. forces.
  • 11. Pictures of the Battle
  • 12. Citations quot;Battle of Iwo Jima.quot; History web pages. 25 Apr. 2009 <http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/LUT Z/iwo.html>. quot;The Marine Corps War Memorial.quot; National Park Service - Experience Your America. 25 May 2009 <http://www.nps.gov/archive/gwmp/usmc.htm>. quot;Battle of Iwo Jima.quot; Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 25 May 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima >. American Nation in the Modern Era. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005.

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