Iwo Jima 1945

Iwo Jima 1945

The Marines raise the flag on Mount Suribachi

Campaign 81
  • Author: Derrick Wright
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: CAM 81
  • Publication Date: 25 Feb 2001
  • Number of Pages: 96
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One of the decisive battles of the Second World War in the Pacific, Iwo Jima was described by Lieutenant-General Holland Smith, Commander Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, as "The most savage and most costly battle in the history of the Marine Corps " - a titanic struggle that eclipsed all that had gone before. Situated halfway along the B-29 Superfortress route to the Japanese mainland, the island was of major strategic importance to the US Air Force, but also to the Japanese, 20,000 of whom were deeply entrenched in the island. This book provides a definitive account of the battle, from its origins to its hard-fought conclusion.

Biographical Note

Derrick Wright is the author of ‘Tarawa: A Hell of a Way to Die' (Windrow & Greene, 1997) and ‘The Battle for Iwo Jima' (Sutton, 1999). His interest in the Second World War started in childhood, as he grew up in the Teeside area which was subjected to so many bombing raids. After National Service with the Army, he became an engineer specialising in Ultrasonics. Retired, he lives with his wife on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. He has four daughters.Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, completing assignments in a wide variety of fields. Jim has a keen interest in military subjects, both aviation and armour, and is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association.

Contents

Introduction
Origins of the Campaign
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies
Opposing Plans
Campaign
Battle
Aftermath and Conclusion
Battlefield Today
Chronology
Bibliography
Index

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