The Battle of Iwo Jima

U.S. Marines invade the island of Iwo Jima during February 1945. The island is  defended by about 23,000 Japanese. At battle’s end, nearly all of the defenders  are annihilated. The Marines are ordered to seize the island to gain its two
operating airfields from which U.S. fighters can begin to provide protection for  U.S. bombers. The Marines raise the flag on Mt. Suribachi during this successful
campaign; however, more than 6,000 Marines are killed

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