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Ed McMahon Narrates As Survivors From Both Sides Of The Battle Of Iwo Jima Meet For The First Time On The Very Island Itself To Commemorate The 40th Anniversary Of The Battle! A World War II Pacific Theater Milestone, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #ReturnToIwoJima #EdMcMahon #BattleOfIwoJima #IwoJima #PacificWar #AsiaPacificWar #PacificOceanTheatreOfWWII #PacificOceanTheaterOfWWII #AsiaticPacificTheater #Seabees #DDays #AmphibiousLandings #USMarineCorps #USMC #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
RETURN TO IWO JIMA (Color, 1985, 58 Minutes)
Ed McMahon, himself a former Colonel in the U.S. Marines, narrates this once-in-forever production. Interviews with men such as one of those who raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi (who never gave an interview until this production), as well as those severely wounded in the conflict, shed years worth of hatred and tears. One of the most moving titles in the EarthStation1 MediaOutlet.com archives.
February 19, 1945: World War II: Battle Of Iwo Jima: About 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima (February 18 - March 26, 1945) was a major battle in which the United States Marine Corps landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The American invasion, designated Operation Detachment, had the goal of capturing the entire island, including the three Japanese-controlled airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War of World War II. After the heavy losses incurred in the battle, the strategic value of the island became controversial. It was useless to the U.S. Army as a staging base and useless to the U.S. Navy as a fleet base. However, Navy Seabees rebuilt the landing strips, which were used as emergency landing strips for USAAF B-29s. The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 11 miles of underground tunnels. The American ground forces were supported by extensive naval artillery, and had complete air supremacy provided by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators throughout the entire battle. Japanese combat deaths numbered three times the number of American deaths although, uniquely among Pacific War Marine battles, American total casualties exceeded those of the Japanese. Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled. The majority of the remainder were killed in action, although it has been estimated that as many as 3,000 continued to resist within the various cave systems for many days afterwards, eventually succumbing to their injuries or surrendering weeks later. On February 18, 1945, the 133rd Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) of the Seabees joined the Fifth Marine Amphibious Corps and the Fourth Marine Division for the amphibious assault on Iwo Jima. The next day, the entire force landed on Iwo Jima on D-Day with the first assault wave led by the Fourth Marine Division. The 133rd NCHB suffered severe casualties during the fight for Iwo Jima, where it distinguished itself in both front-line combat and construction. The 133rd NCHC had 370 casualties, more than 40 percent of the 875 men that landed, the highest casualties as part of a single battle in Seabee history. Joe Rosenthal's Associated Press photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 169 m (554 ft) Mount Suribachi by six U.S. Marines became an iconic image of the battle and the American war effort in the Pacific.