Angie&Sophia WWII Project

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  • The Battle of Iwo Jima
    • By Angie Saber and Sophia Garofoli
        • Iwo Jima is located 750 miles from Tokyo
        • It was part of Japan's home soil.
  • Americas Reasoning
    • Simpler way to bomb Japan
    • Ideal sanctuary for crippled bombers returning from Japan
    • A fighter-escort station
  • Planning and Preparation
    • The Japanese knew from the start that they wouldn't win the battle but didn't want to give in and wanted the US to reconsider the invasion.
    • Japanese were very determined people even if it meant fighting until the end.
  • Invasion
    • Took Americans by surprise when they saw how prepared the Japanese were.
    • Built tunnels and firing positions within Mount Suribachi.
  • Americas Plan
    • By capturing Iwo Jima, America succeeded in their three-point plan for winning the war in the Far East.
  • Raising the flag
    • A historic photograph depicting American victory at Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal.
  • Weapons
    • Weapons used against Japan included flamethrowers and the Zippo.
    • The flamethrower had 3 tanks that a Marine carried on his back that stored the fuel with a hose that ran from the tanks to a gun.
  • Aftermath
    • Japan = 17,84518,375 killed/missing
    • United States = 6,822 killed/missing
  • Strategic Importance
    • A landing and refueling site for Americans on missions to and from Japan
    • Americans learned valuable lessons from Iwo Jima that helped serve as a guideline for the Battle Of Okinawa.
    • First time Japan fought for protection of its own land
  • Impact on WWII
    • By capturing Iwo Jima, The Allied forces were able to create an emergency air strip for crippled B-29's.
    • They could also conduct more air attacks helping them win WWII.
    • Though America won the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Japanese proved that their defensive strategies were much stronger.
  • Bibliography
    • Iwo Jima. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. < >.
    • "The Battle of Iwo Jima." History Learning Site. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. < >.
    • "Raising the Flag Over Iwo Jima, 1945." EyeWitness to History - History through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. < >.