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November 30, 2010 Most dangerous and costly battle for Marines in the Pacific 1/3 of marines were killed during V-J Day Battle in the Pacific where US suffered more casualties than the Japanese Why do we fight a battle for a rectangular, volcanic island in the middle of nowhere? It does not look like an important piece of real estate. Iwo Jima? We could use one of our flying fortresses and bombing Tokyo. Furthest distance is 1500 miles. Problem is that closest distance between two distances is a straight line, there is no straight line from Marianos Islands to Tokyo runs directly through Iwo Jima. The Japanese has two airfields here and contructing a third. They also have a radar system and can war that US assault is coming to Japan. The US were not bombing Japan with precision. Another person will head 20 th airforce, Lemay. Point is this, what can the planes do? We could send planes on a route moving around Iwo Jima and not worrying about being pick up by radar, but it was a
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Unformatted text preview: longer route= more gasoline= less bombs. Or, we could take Iwo Jima. If you consider Japanese, they are facing a shrinking empire. They still have significant fight, but they’re losing. Their navel power is gone after Midway and battle of Philippians. Their navel force has been reduced so no longer significant. Also being pressured by US, MacArthur by South West Pacific, British pushing from India, point is they are being pressured by all sides. If Iwo Jima falls, is being threatened by B-51 Mustangs and B-29 Superfortresses. Use intensive bombing and outright enormous bombing on beaches to overwhelm the enemy. At this time, American resources are being spread around, so we do the best we can and are ready to land. The battle begins on February 19, 1945, and continue to March 26, 1945. 700 Marines died every day of the battle....
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