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After the shock and devastation of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Americans were determined to take their revenge on the Empire of Japan. The Japanese were just as determined to become the dominant power in the Pacific, a goal they were well on their way to achieving as they occupied China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaya, Burma, Northern Borneo, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines.

As the Allied victories began to mount, the Pacific was no longer the guaranteed province of the Japanese. Yet for Japan, the American advance merely provided a reason to fight even harder. By the time the two adversaries were locked in battle on the island of Iwo Jima, the Americans had no idea that they would have to shed blood for every hard-earned inch of ground that they gained. In their mission to protect their homeland from the advancing Americans, the Japanese soldiers turned Iwo Jima into a graveyard for the Marines, as well as for themselves.

Discover a plethora of topics such as

  • Sulphur Island
  • Over in a Week: American Optimism
  • Day One: The Invasion Begins
  • Raising the Flag on Mount Suribachi
  • Hill 382: The Meatgrinder
  • The Marines Conquer Iwo Jima
  • And much more!

          Author: Hourly History

          33 Pages, PDF format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout. 

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