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The Ghosts of Iwo Jima (Texas A & M University Military History Series #102)

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In February 1945, some 80,000 U.S. Marines attacked the heavily defended fortress that the Japanese had constructed on the tiny Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Leaders of the Army Air Forces said they needed the airfields there to provide fighter escort for their B-29 bombers. At the cost of 28,000 American casualties, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions dutifully conquered ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Texas A&M University Press
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Jan 20, 2016 George rated it liked it
Because I saw this mentioned on a History Cannel show on vets returning to Iwo Jima and the recovery efforts of the remains being made by the current Japanese government, I thought it would be more about that subject.

Instead it was a pedantic recital of why the chiefs of staff of the Army Navy etc and the theater commanders got it all wrong and lives were wasted. I certainly wish that our leaders were prescient but alas during conflicts intelligence is sometimes lacking and I don't mean brains.

Both a history of the battle and the story of its legacy, this book is a very readable myth buster on the Marine Corps' defining moment. In spite of the incredible ferocity of the battle, it was probably pointless and did not really contribute in a meaningful way to America's victory over Japan. However, Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph was used widely as a propaganda tool to promote War Bond sales during the war and to ensure the continued existence of the USMC after it ended. Burell is a Mari ...more
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