Wrecked vehicles litter an Iwo Jima beach


Iwo was really bad. I do not think the Japanese had any vehicles in the area and they would have been destroyed in the pre-invasion bombardment if they did. The Japanese had dug a series of bunkers and ...



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  • Iwo was very bad. I don't think the Japanese had any vehicles on the island and if they did, they would have been destroyed in the pre-invasion bombardment. The Japanese had dug a series of bunkers and underground trenches into the rock of the island that made it a difficult task to move forward and destroy their positions. It was a pretty amazing task taking Mount Suribachi (seen in the distance in this photo).
  • Some of them are in pretty good nick. Would love to see a higher res photo.
  • Odd looking vehicle on the bottom right. Had to look up lvts to find out they produced one with a 75 howitzer. Learn something new everyday.
  • I've been reading/ watching stuff about Iwo and it was HORRIFIC!!!! HALF the Marines killed in WW2 were killed on Iwo. That's after a hsit load of islands the Marines had already taken, including Guadalcanal. The boys fighting in Europe, N. Africa, Italy...even some of the Russians, didn't have it as bad as the Marines in the Pacific. The Japanese didn't surrender. The Germans often did in droves.
  • Okinawa is worth reading about. It was a bigger battle with higher casualties on both sides. Sadly there were many civilian casualties as well. The locals call it the Typhoon of Steel. I've been there and met some of the local survivors. Beautiful place with a terrible history.
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