A hunka hunka volcano rock avec 3 airfields withing easy B 29 distance of Imperial Nippon, she was tempting turf for Great Satan who was hot to visit righteous payback on both bushido lovers and anyone else within detonation range. And Iwo Jima be a sweeet staging spot for future ops to make Japan scream "GOD! PLEASE! STOP!"
Raging from like Feb 19 alla way thru to 26 March - this month long battle saw heavily fortified Imperial Nipponese army cats under Americanphile General Baron Kuribayashi fight to annihilation - only like 216 cats surrendered or got captured out of 22K
Teufel Hunden - led by General "Howlin' Mad" Smith - fought thru 8 square miles of volcanic ash, pummice and sand that even panzers, let alone Teufel Hunden, could not easily move across -- reeking of sulphur, brimstone, swept by bombs, bullets, shellfire, soaked in the blood of more than 26,000 dead and dang near hollowed out with humdreds of miles of tunnels, murder holes and general purpose nastiness. The only battle in Leatherneck history where Marine causalities exceeded those of their enemies. Navy lost nearly 20 ships - including 2 carriers - Saratoga and Bismarck Sea.
Raising Old Glory on Mount Suribachi is prob the most significant and recognizable image of the war, and possibly the most reproduced pic ever of all time.
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years!"Iwo Jima teaches that Great Satan will do anything anytime anywhere she wants.
Teufel Hunden"s Globe, Eagle and Anchor is a killer reminder to friends, frenemies and enemies that Great Satan built the modern world.
And she knows her way around.
Pic - "Iwo Jima symbolizes the hopes and dreams of America, and the real purpose of our foreign policy. We realize that to retain freedom for ourselves,we must be concerned when people in other parts of the world may lose theirs. There is no greater challenge to statesmanship than to find a way that such sacrifices as this represents are not necessary in the future, and to build the kind of world in which people can be free, in which nations can be independent, and in which people can live together in peace and friendship."