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US Marines in War: Iwo Jima


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  1. Han Solo
    Han Solo 16 November 2015 07: 08
    Great photos, thanks.
  2. Artem25
    Artem25 16 November 2015 08: 29
    The only ground operation of the Americans, where they suffered greater total losses than the Japanese.
    1. Pal2004
      Pal2004 16 November 2015 08: 58
      For the sake of interest, I went to Wicca ... There, according to the losses, somehow everything was not so painted, exactly the opposite. Maybe you have a different source - share ... Honestly, interesting!
      1. Artem25
        Artem25 16 November 2015 16: 21
        Total losses (killed and wounded), 26000 Americans versus 21000 Japanese. hi
    2. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 16 November 2015 14: 25
      Quote: Artyom25
      Single ground operation of the Americans, where they suffered greater total losses than the Japanese.

      How, and the island of Kyska? A heroic assault, no less heroic bombing, and all for the sake of capturing several dogs abandoned by the Japanese.
      In 1943, US forces launched a massive operation to free the island, not knowing that the Japanese garrison had been evacuated two weeks before. During the "liberation" of the island, Americans lost about 300 people dead and wounded.
      More than 100 ships were concentrated in the Adak Island area, landing forces were 30000 American infantry and 5500 Canadian. In addition, since the end of July, Kyska was subjected to air raids and shelling from the sea, in total, during July, the 11 Air Army (USA) dropped tons of bombs on 424 Island, while naval artillery fired 330 tons of shells.
      Only a few dogs left by the Japanese were found on the island. One pilot sadly remarked: "We dropped leaflets on Kyska 100 000, but these dogs could not read."
      Until the end of the war, America held a contingent of 113 thousands (!) There, which, perhaps, would have been useful in 43 — not hell knows where, but in Europe.

      So in terms of the loss ratio with Japanese America, there is something to be proud of - it’s so overwhelmed! laughing
      1. Artem25
        Artem25 16 November 2015 16: 38
        I completely missed this "outstanding" operation in all respects. what
  3. Pal2004
    Pal2004 16 November 2015 08: 55
    Thanks to the author for the photo tour. Photographs are silent witnesses to the terrible moments of history .. Very impressed.
    1. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 16 November 2015 14: 41
      Quote: Pal2004
      Photographs are silent witnesses to the terrible moments of history. Very impressed ..
      You would be even more impressed if only they read American history books and learned that Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal were the biggest battles of World War II and that the Pacific was the main theater of operations in that war. Europe is a secondary battlefield, and "the USSR provided assistance to the anti-Hitler coalition led by the United States."
      Most Western textbooks consider the victory of the American and British troops in Africa and the defeat of Rommel to be a turning point in the war. It was after her that the Allies were able to land in southern Italy.

      American textbooks, apparently compensating for the fact that the Americans did not fight in Europe until June 1944, aggressively exaggerate the role of the United States in military supplies - the equipment that fought there, uniforms for the Red Army, products - it was all American. In American textbooks about World War II, there are only a couple of paragraphs: a reference to the Allies, the Battle of Stalingrad, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Moreover, the latter is presented as a necessary measure after the attack on the American Pearl Harbor. Nevertheless, to the question: “who won the Second World War?” - an American student without hesitation will answer - the USA. The first thing the Americans say when referring to the war is that 6 of millions of Jews died in it and that Hitler was defeated by allies - the United States and Great Britain. Little is known about the role of the USSR.

      Polish textbooks tell of two dictators - Stalin and Hitler, who divided Poland among themselves. It is important for the Poles that World War II began precisely with the German aggression against Poland, which the USSR then joined. In Poland, enough attention is paid to the genocide of the Poles in Volyn (Volyn massacre of 1943) and the shooting by Polish NKVD forces of Polish officers in Katyn.

      In Japan, despite the fact that the topic of war is taught from a kindergarten, it is not specified on which side the Japanese fought. The textbooks say that war is the greatest evil, from which not only people but also animals suffered. An example is given: in the Osaka city zoo, elephants died of starvation. Children go to the grave of elephants and write letters to living elephants with wishes for longevity. The alliance with Germany is described very generally, as two warring camps: the USA, England, the USSR and others on the one hand, and Germany, Italy, Romania - on the second. “Japan was an ally of Germany,” sparingly write in Japanese textbooks.

      In Italian textbooks, the thought runs that the victory in World War II was solely due to the United States and England. The USSR is mentioned only due to the fact that only Italians fought with the Soviet army in the text. However, there are no references to German and Soviet commanders. But there are heroes. For example, General Garibaldi, commander of the VIII Italian army, which distinguished itself in the Battle of Stalingrad.

      Estonian textbooks focus on the barbaric bombardment of Tallinn by the Soviet air force on 9 on March 1944 of the year (554 people died), which is compared to the bombing of the British Dresden. It is said that Estonians put up powerful resistance to the USSR army, including with the help of the 20 SS division.

      I apologize for the "polysloff", but, in my opinion, it is worth it so that our people are not particularly "impressed by" other people's "exploits." Otherwise they will forget about their own ...

      The author of the article is not a plus, not a minus. Zero, just out of respect for the work done. We have something to remember no less than America. And let America calm down with what we know about Iwo Jima. At least in our country many more people know the word "Pearl Harbor" than in America "Stalingrad".
      1. denis02135
        denis02135 17 November 2015 03: 00
        Dear Zoldat_A

        You will be surprised, but in the USA they know much more about Stalingrad than you think. True, they do not know how and why the Germans were at Stalingrad. And in the textbooks of Italy, France, Holland and other Norway, for your information, it is indicated who liberated these countries and strangely enough it was the USA and England. In Japanese textbooks, the USSR was probably the aggressor who attacked Japan at 45, while Japan maintained neutrality 41-45. And also indicate what is said in the Finnish textbooks about 39
      2. Pal2004
        Pal2004 17 November 2015 08: 20
        But the soldier’s feat, especially if he is fighting for a just cause, does not have a nationality .... Everyone has the same blood as an American, a Russian soldier. And this does not mean at all that the moments of our history do not impress me .. Although I understand and share some of your concern regarding the oblivion of the heroic history of our people ... But the author does not care plus.
      3. veteran66
        veteran66 17 November 2015 20: 18
        Quote: Zoldat_A
        We are no less than America has something to remember.

        And now, do we also order a one-sided story to study?
  4. Support
    Support 16 November 2015 09: 30
    As if he did not belong to the Merikos, and the soldiers and officers in the photo are respected. And the memory. They preserved and honorably carried their honor to ordinary soldiers in the war against German nationalism. Honor and memory !!
    1. creak
      creak 16 November 2015 09: 44
      Quote: Prop
      They preserved and honorably carried their honor to ordinary soldiers in the war against German nationalism.

      The pictures generally show the war with Japan ... And in Germany, the official ideology was National Socialism (Nazism).
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  5. Nagaibak
    Nagaibak 16 November 2015 09: 39
    Well done, the Japanese fought to the last, against the quantitatively and qualitatively superior enemy forces. It would be interesting to arm the Americans with Japanese weapons and put them on the defensive at Iwo Jima. And the Japanese armed with American weapons and the offensive against the Americans. How many Americans would be enough?))) Would they be able to hold out as much?)))
    From the wiki.
    “By the end of the battle (March 26), the Americans had counted 20 Japanese corpses on the island and captured 703 people. However, in the next two months, US forces on Iwo Jima periodically encountered the remnants of Japanese troops. During this period, 216 were killed and 1602 captured. man.
    The figures for US military losses diverge slightly from various sources. According to Samuel Morison’s book, The Fleet of Two Oceans, first published in 1963, 6812 soldiers died and died of wounds in the battle, and 19 were injured. Irrecoverable losses were distributed as follows:
    Killed in battle - 4917
    Died of Wounds - 1401
    Missing - 494
    In a speech by marine lieutenant general J. Weber at a banquet on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the battle (2007), 6821 people were killed and 19 were wounded. In addition, 217 US troops were hospitalized with symptoms of shell shock.
    The Battle of Iwo Jima turned out to be the bloodiest in the history of the United States Marine Corps, and also became the only Japanese military operation during the war in the Pacific, in which the total losses of the United States exceeded those of Japan. The death toll and wounded US Army soldiers in the first three days of the operation was the highest in the country's entire military history. [1] The 3rd, 4th, and 5th US Marine Divisions suffered significant losses. The US Navy lost 18 ships, mainly due to airstrikes and return fire from coastal artillery. "
  6. marinier
    marinier 16 November 2015 12: 05
    Good time to all!
    The Author has a semi-4ilas ud4naia selection of photographs.
    he approached responsibly. The dead soldiers were especially impressed.
    A deep bow to the author, Well done.
  7. stas74
    stas74 16 November 2015 13: 00
    And they all have
  8. mAgs
    mAgs 16 November 2015 14: 58
    It feels like I was there myself ...
  9. Stilet
    Stilet 16 November 2015 21: 45
    Send them a photo of Stalingrad and Rzhev.
  10. twincam
    twincam 17 November 2015 00: 50
    I also recommend watching the film "The Flags of Our Fathers", also about Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood, a cool film.