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
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Iwo Jima. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. < http://www.iwojima.com/ >.
- "The Battle of Iwo Jima." History Learning Site. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. < http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_iwo_jima.htm >.
- "Raising the Flag Over Iwo Jima, 1945." EyeWitness to History - History through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. < http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/iwoflag.htm >.