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One of the decisive battles of the Second World War in the Pacific, Iwo Jima was described by Lt General Holand Smith, the overall Marine Commander, as 'the toughest fight in the 169 years of our corps' - a titanic struggle of savagery that eclipsed all that had gone before. 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, and to whom surrender was not an option. The loss of Iwo Jima was proof to the Japanese that the Americans could seize one of the world's most heavily defended islands.
|Publication date:||23rd February 2001|
|Publisher:||Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||History of the Americas, Second World War, European history, Battles & campaigns, Asian history,|
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. 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 ...More About Derrick Wright