War Is Hell

Battle Of Iwo Jima

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The American invasion, designated Operation Detachment, had the goal of capturing the entire island, including the three Japanese-controlled airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands.[3] This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.

After the heavy losses incurred in the battle, the strategic value of the island became controversial. It was useless to the U.S. Army as a staging base and useless to the U.S. Navy as a fleet base.[5] However, Navy Seabees rebuilt the landing strips, which were used as emergency landing strips for USAAF B-29s.[6]

The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 18 km (11 mi) of underground tunnels.[7][8] The Americans on the ground were supported by extensive naval artillery and complete air supremacy over Iwo Jima from the beginning of the battle by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators.[9]

Japanese combat deaths numbered three times the number of American deaths, although uniquely in the Pacific War, American total casualties (dead and wounded) exceeded those of the Japanese.[10] Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled.[1] The majority of the remainder were killed in action, although it has been estimated that as many as 3,000 continued to resist within the various cave systems for many days afterwards, eventually succumbing to their injuries or surrendering weeks later.[1][11]

Despite the bloody fighting and severe casualties on both sides, the Japanese defeat was assured from the start. Overwhelming American superiority in arms and numbers as well as complete control of air power—coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement, along with sparse food and supplies—permitted no plausible circumstance in which the Americans could have lost the battle.[12]

The battle is remembered primarily by Joe Rosenthal’s Associated Press photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 169 m (554 ft) Mount Suribachi by five U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy combat corpsman. The photograph (and a color film by Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Genaust) records the second flag-raising on the mountain, both of which took place on the fifth day of the 36-day battle. Rosenthal’s photograph promptly became iconic—of that battle, of the Pacific War, and of the Marine Corps itself—and has been widely reproduced.[13]

Iwo Jima was a shitty little island made up of two things – volcanic rock and volcanic sand. What made this battle so ugly was that the Japanese were not trying to win, they were trying to inflict as many casualties as possible:

By June 1944, Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi was assigned to command the defense of Iwo Jima. Kuribayashi knew that Japan could not win the battle, but he hoped to inflict massive casualties on the American forces, so that the United States and its Australian and British allies would reconsider carrying out the invasion of Japan Home Islands.

While drawing inspiration from the defense in the Battle of Peleliu, Kuribayashi designed a defense that broke with Japanese military doctrine. Rather than establishing his defenses on the beach to face the landings directly, he created strong, mutually supporting defensive defenses in depth using static and heavy weapons such as heavy machine guns and artillery. Takeichi Nishi’s armored tanks were to be used as camouflaged artillery positions. Because the tunnel linking the mountain to the main forces was never completed, Kuribayashi organized the southern area of the island in and around Mount Suribachi as a semi-independent sector, with his main defensive zone built up in the north. The expected American naval and air bombardment further prompted the creation of an extensive system of tunnels that connected the prepared positions, so that a pillbox that had been cleared could be reoccupied. This network of bunkers and pillboxes favored the defense. Hundreds of hidden artillery and mortar positions along with land mines were placed all over the island. Among the Japanese weapons were 320 mm spigot mortars and a variety of explosive rockets.

Numerous Japanese snipers and camouflaged machine gun positions were also set up. Kuribayashi specially engineered the defenses so that every part of Iwo Jima was subject to Japanese defensive fire. He also received a handful of kamikaze pilots to use against the enemy fleet. Three hundred and eighteen American sailors were killed by kamikaze attacks during the battle. However, against his wishes, Kuribayashi’s superiors on Honshu ordered him to erect some beach defenses. These were the only parts of the defenses that were destroyed during the pre-landing bombardment.

Iwo Jima was still fresh in mind when the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was made.


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117 Responses to War Is Hell

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    This newsreel footage shows the actual (second) raising of the flag.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    Here is the Hollywood version:

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Nice little tribute to the few, the proud, the Marines 🙂

  4. SHV says:

    “Iwo Jima was still fresh in mind when the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was made.”
    Followed by April-June 22, 1945, 80,000+ Allied casualties on Okinawa sealed the deal in Truman’s mind to drop Little Boy and Fat Man.

  5. jennifer lyn says:

    I often wonder if marshmallows and bms would change their mind about what is fair if they had lived in Germany when Hitler came to power. or anywhere for that matter. They are so vapid and whiny I cannot bear it. The media fawning, the tears, the ignorance. Or, let them be born girls, or boys because they rape them as if sex was irrelevant, in any Muslim country. and poor. Get a.. f..ked a couple 100 times by a big stinky creep and you will know what hurts and what doesn’t and what is fair and what is not fair.

  6. threewickets says:

    Those were both great films. Talented director.

  7. Mt.Laurel says:

    There is a very good episode of NCIS from early in its run about a surviving veteran of Iwo Jima Charles Durning gives a compelling performance as the vet.

    Call of Silence:

    • leslie says:

      Thanks, Mt.L.
      I’ll look it up tonight and if it’s on “on demand”. I’ll watch it. I missed most of the first several seasons of the show because I never got home from work in time to see the show,.

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  9. DeniseVB says:

    Top cities in the world to live in, per the UK Daily Mail. Keep the link handy to share with those snowflakes who will leave the country if Hillary or Trump are elected 😀


  10. DeniseVB says:

    From one of the Nevada caucus sites. I heard earlier the state has set a record for those who have registered.

  11. taw46 says:

    She posted pics of Cruz, Rubio, and Carson supporters. This is just one.

  12. lyn says:

    Someone tweeted that Trump entered an NV caucus site where Glenn Beck was.

  13. Speaking of war…

  14. taw46 says:

    He said, she said.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    All kinds of chaos and smack talk on the twitter tonight.

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  17. DeniseVB says:

    Heh. Probably true….

  18. taw46 says:

    Turnout is yuge!

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’ll probably fall asleep with the t.v. on waiting for results.

      • taw46 says:

        You and me both. But I am laughing at all the tweets about fraud at the caucus. All because two people had on Trump shirts. Which they have already been told is allowed because it is a political event, not an election.

  19. votermom says:

    Don’t judge. After all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. 🙂

  20. taw46 says:

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    • Venus says:

      People are JUST NOW realizing caucuses are chaotic? Get out of here.

      Also saw lots of (Rubio) people complaining on twitter that caucus “workers” are wearing Trump gear. Um — first, those are “volunteers” not “workers;” and second, electioneering is ALLOWED in caucuses — you can wear buttons, hats, T-shirts, etc.

      If the people of NV don’t like it, they need to put up the money and have primaries instead. Personally, I never liked caucuses because they do allow for disorganization, confusion, intimidation and fraud. Also, because they are so time consuming, they may cause people who would otherwise vote to not bother caucusing.

      Cheapskate states need to switch to primaries and stop the insanity.

  22. Before the caucus mayhem takes over…

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hillary has passed her expiration date 😉

      • Srsly. She thinks a woman can win the presidency the same way women win in the boardroom, by being wonky and geeky and working 10 times harder than the boys. She can’t. A woman will win the same way a man wins, by being charismatic, succinct, and building a core consensus group that can be built out. She needn’t beg for the job. She needed to get voters begging to vote for her.

        For Obama, it was rainbows and unicorns and eleventy dimensional chess, and finally, “you want to vote for this black man because you’ve never had a black man. You know you do!” And it worked.

      • swanspirit says:

        She is past her prime, for sure.

  23. 49erDweet says:

    Zeros from Iwo were a major problem for the B29s going and coming, so taking the Island was big. The sea bees then redoing that airstrip was critical. Few ended up having to use it but the ones that did survived. When I was stationed at March Field during the Korean war two flight crew Majors there had been on crews that crash landed their birds on that strip and it saved their lives.

  24. DeniseVB says:

  25. taw46 says:

  26. DeniseVB says:

    We have “entrance” polls now ? LOL.

  27. DeniseVB says:

    From Obama’s Race(baiting) Team of Community Organizers

  28. mothy67, says:

    I started watching Breaking Bad while waiting for results. I am addicted.

    • lyn says:

      I did the same thing during the last half of its last season. I watched all the available episodes on Netflix and paid for the last ones on amazon. Great show.

  29. Myiq2xu says:

    John Cole:

    Drum’s fault is that he is a kind and decent man. I am not, and coupled with the fact that I was inside the belly of the beast for a long while, and I know how they think and act. I am unburdened by the blinders of good will, and have an easy formula for how I decide why and what the GOP is going to do in every situation. Merely imagine the dumbest, most venal, and most cynical self-serving immediate choice, add in a heap of racism and a little bit of Jesus, and you have whatever the Republicans will propose.

    They aren’t just doing this because they can, they are doing it because they are scared, and they are afraid, and they are losing, and they know it. They are doing this because they hate Obama. This is the same kind of impotent rage they had towards Clinton, who just whipped them every single time and smiled all the way through it, but this time it is worse because Obama is a black man and the country has changed. They are losing the demographic war, so all they have is the courts and the hope that their jury-rigged voting process can keep things in place just a little bit longer. They are doing this because they know they are weak going into the 2016 election, and have convinced themselves that if they all stand together, the American people aren’t going to be able to pick out Kirk in Illinois or Toomey in PA or Johnson in Wisconsin or Portman in Ohio or Ayotte in NH and so on.

    Just as serial killers ramp up the frequency and violence as their condition progresses, so do the sociopaths in Congress. It wasn’t too long ago we were all shocked at someone yelling “You lie” during the State of the Union, but here we are. They are weak and they are desperate and things are only going to get worse. It’s up to us to stop them.

  30. DeniseVB says:

    myiq, next time you visit Vegas 😉

  31. DandyTIger says:

    Inside super, double, secret information: Donald Trump is Andy Kaufman. Shhhhh.

  32. Venus says:

    I hope everyone has their popcorn ready!

    • mothy67, says:

      Popcorn? I have a box of Corbett Canyon Pinot Grigio. Quite yummy.

    • leslie says:

      Hey Venus, did you set up the Oscar pool this year? (I’m finally reading yesterday’s thread. It was another exhausting day yesterday with little Calamity Jane.) if you did, I missed it. If you did not, I did not. 😉

    • mothy67, says:

      Almost every Saturday night I move the coffee table out, blow up an air mattress and endure 9/10 years olds building a fort. They sing along to 1989(first two songs i bought her on her first mp3 player were Back to December and Faith Hill’s The Way you Love Me) i deal with an air mattress, sofa cushions, blankets, hair clips to make a sleepover fort. Thank God Swift is an idol. Funny my brat thinks Arianna Grande is a product. I am so happy my brat esteems Swift and Hermione.

  33. DeniseVB says:

    Fox just called Nevada for Trump.

  34. taw46 says:

    FOX projects Trump winner, based on entrance polls.

  35. DeniseVB says:

    Ok, enough about Trump, the real race is who will be 2 and 3, per the panel chatter, lol.

    Trump is due here at noon tomorrow, he better be getting on that plane soon !

  36. lyn says:

    Rubio is the frontrunner at 23.1%! That means 76.9% of Republicans do not like him.

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  38. taw46 says:

    Here is Karl Rove with all his BS. He says it doesn’t give him momentum going into Super Tuesday. He just doesn’t get it, does he?

  39. DandyTIger says:

    Calling it. The GOP race is over. Trump wins. I suspect if you think the coronated GOP leader, Jeb, was destroyed by Trump, more of the same will be aimed at Hillary. The only question left is who will be Trump’s VP.

  40. Myiq2xu says:

  41. Somebody says:

    Hmmm, what happened to Marcomentum?? With Jeb out of the race, wittle Marco having been born in Nevada, good gracious I thought the caucus was his to lose. I know, I know it’s all about John Kasich and the 4% he took.

    At what point are people going to stop with the whole Marco is the only candidate that can beat Hillary stuff?? I mean the fact that he can’t win a single primary sort of flies in the face of that. Sooooo he can beat Hillary, just not Donald??

  42. Dora says:

    Oh, what a night! I went to bed because I heard it was going to be very late before any results were in. I woke up to use the bathroom at a very fortunate time. When I checked the television to see if there was any news, I saw the microphones set up waiting for the arrival of the winner. Wow! When I flipped around the channels all I could see were exploding heads. It was fun to watch.

    If anyone is interested and has the time, Melania will be interviewed this morning on Morning Joe. I’ll be watching. It’s pouring here today anyway and I have nothing better to do, but I really do want to meet our next First Lady. 🙂

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