Battle of Iwo Jima

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The Battle of Iwo Jima
By
James P Wilfrom Jr.

Course: History 465
History of World War II
UMUC Asia
2013

The Battle of Iwo Jima
Thesis Statement
The Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the most ferocious battles of the Pacific Campaign in World War II. This battle would be fought between the United States and Japan, and would begin in February 1945 and end in March 1945 causing well over 48,000 casualties of war. The main goal of this battle for the United States was to provide a tactical advantage against Japan. The seizure of this island would give the United States this advantage in victory. The Japanese reasoning would be much different, they had a legacy to withhold over 5000 years of Japans existence, no foreign Army has ever
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The Americans began to tire from the constant deaths and destruction to their bombers and began to see this little island even more vital to their success in this battle . There were two other reasons as well that the island would be of such strategic importance and why they needed to gain full control of Iwo Jima. The first being the Japanese having radar capabilities there that would allow them to predict attacks as much as two hours in advance. In addition to this and the most important reason for the Americans, were the airstrips that the island was equipped with. The airstrips would permit the United States much safer and more direct access to their bombing targets as well as allow them a well-located location to refuel and rest. The airfields were of key strategic importance also because of their size and location. The Japanese had put together three airfields along the central plateau of Iwo Jima, two of the airfields were built in the form of an X and were approximately 5,225 and 4,425 feet and the third was just a single strip and would never become operational. As you can see without these airstrips and the success in securing Iwo Jima, the United States would have a much more difficult time achieving their goals in the Pacific.
In the preface to the battle at Iwo Jima, the
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