So ended the 37-day battle for a small volcanic islet with an area of just 23 square kilometer, which Americans got at the price of great blood. 6812 American soldiers and officers are buried on Iwo Jima, 21835 injured and contused. The victims among the Japanese are not calculated with such precision, but, based on the number of the garrison and the number of survivors, there were more than 20 thousands, including Korean workers who were involved in the construction of fortifications.
Next is a selection of photographs taken by American war correspondents during the fighting on the island and after their completion. Among them there are both widely known and quite rare frames.
Aerial view of Iwo Jim times of war. In the lower right corner is the extinct Suribati volcano. For this key height were particularly fierce battles. In the center - a Japanese airfield with two crossed runways.
"Tennessee" - one of the American battleships, carrying out fire support of the landing on Iwo Jima.
First shot: the marines land on the landing barges.
Landing area. American ships are clearly visible fleet and barges off the coast.
Attack of floating LVT-2 armored personnel carriers.
The marines lay down in a wounded amphibian.
There are no shelters on the beach.
Did not reach Suribati.
The first frontier is the ridge of the sand ridge.
Advanced medical center. The soldier on the front stretcher no longer needs donated blood.
Another one did not survive.
Removing soldiers tokens from corpses.
Unloading something in boxes. Judging by the weight, not ammunition.
In the hope of the mercy of the Most High.
Killed the Japanese.
Work howitzers and MLRS.
Sappers undermine the bunker.
Sherman with a twinkle.
Blown up on a land mine.
At the destroyed DOT with 100-millimeter cannon. On the left is Joe Rosenthal, military photojournalist for the Associated Press agency.
Remains of Japanese fortification.
Laz in one of the numerous tunnels, which was dug through the mountain of Suribati and the stone tank - a false target.
The friend and foe of man: the service dog of the marines sniffs Japanese soldiers hiding under the ground.
A dug-in tank, which was used as a stationary firing point and another reinforced concrete capon opened with the ship's artillery with a heavy cannon.
Wrecked tank "Chi-Ha."
Wounded "Sherman" with improvised additional armor.
Keeper of memory.
Fifth Marine Division.