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Yamato Battleship Explodes From US Attacks, Okinawa, Japan, April 1945

Yamato Battleship Explodes From US Attacks, Okinawa, Japan, April 1945

Taken on 1945-04-07

"Japanese battleship Yamato moments after exploding, after receiving massive bomb and torpedo damage from US Navy carrier planes, north of Okinawa on 7 April 1945 during Japanese Operation Ten-Go. Three Japanese destroyers are nearby."

Source: US Navy National Archives/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-06

Marines Land on Okinawa Shore, Japan, April 1945

Marines Land on Okinawa Shore, Japan, April 1945

Taken on 1945-04-01

"U.S. Marine reinforcements wade ashore to support the beachhead on Okinawa, 1 April 1945."

Source: National Park Service/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Troops With Captured Japanese Flag, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

US Troops With Captured Japanese Flag, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

Taken on 1945-03-29

"Of the 22,060 Japanese soldiers entrenched on the island, 18,844 died either from fighting or by ritual suicide. Only 216 were captured during the course of battle. After Iwo Jima, it was estimated there were no more than 300 Japanese left alive in the island's warren of caves and tunnels. In fact, there were close to 3,000. The Japanese bushido code of honor, coupled with effective propaganda which portrayed American G.I.s as ruthless animals, prevented surrender for many Japanese soldiers." Date unknown.

Source: National Park Service/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

Burned Remains of US Gis from Bataan Death March, Capas, Philippines, March 1945

Burned Remains of US Gis from Bataan Death March, Capas, Philippines, March 1945

Taken on 1945-03-20

"U. S. Army personnel toiled to identify the charred remains of Americans captured at Bataan and Corregidor and burned alive on Palawan. Picture shows charred remains being interred in grave."

Source: National Archives and Records Administration/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

US Troops Support Armored Advance, Panay, Philippines, March 1945

US Troops Support Armored Advance, Panay, Philippines, March 1945

Taken on 1945-03-18

"Troops of the 185th Inf., 40th Div., take cover behind advancing tanks while moving up on Japanese positions on Panay Island, P.I. This is one of the shots salvaged from the camera of Lt. Robert Fields who was killed in action shortly after it was taken."

Source: Library of Congress/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

US Artillery Fires on Japanese Fortifications, Battle of Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

US Artillery Fires on Japanese Fortifications, Battle of Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

Taken on 1945-03-01

"The battle [Iwo Jima] was marked by some of the fiercest fighting of the War. The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 kilometres (11 mi) of tunnels. The battle was the first US attack on the Japanese Home Islands and the Imperial soldiers defended their positions tenaciously. Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers present at the beginning of the battle, over 19,000 were killed and only 1,083 taken prisoner."

Source: ibiblio.org/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marines at Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

US Marines at Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

Taken on 1945-03-01

"The tragic cost of Operation Detachment pressured veterans, journalists, and commanders to fixate on the most visible rationalization for the battle. The sight of the enormous, costly, and technologically sophisticated B-29 landing on the island's small airfield most clearly linked Iwo Jima to the strategic bombing campaign. As the myths about the flag raisings on Mount Suribachi reached legendary proportions, so did the emergency landing theory in order to justify the need to raise that flag."

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Flag Flies Over Mount Surabachi, Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

US Flag Flies Over Mount Surabachi, Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-28

"Although American riflemen expected an ambush, they encountered only small groups of Japanese defenders on Suribachi. The majority of the Japanese troops stayed in the tunnel network, only occasionally attacking in small groups, and were generally all killed. The patrols made it to the summit and scrambled down again, reporting the lack of enemy contact to Colonel Chandler Johnson. Johnson then called for a platoon of Marines to climb Suribachi; with them, he sent a small American flag to fly if they reached the summit." Exact date unknown.

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marine Fires Machine Gun, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

US Marine Fires Machine Gun, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

Taken on 1945-02-28

"The overall objective at this point was to take control of Airfield No. 2 in the center of the island. However, every 'penetration seemed to become a disaster" as "units were raked from the flanks, chewed up—sometimes wiped out. Tanks were destroyed by interlocking fire or were hoisted into the air on the spouting fireballs of buried mines'." Exact date unknown.

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marine Corps Flamethrower Tank Clears Japanese Bunkers, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

US Marine Corps Flamethrower Tank Clears Japanese Bunkers, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

Taken on 1945-02-28

"A Marine flame throwing tank, also known as a "Ronson", scorches a Japanese strongpoint. The eight M4A3 Shermans equipped with the Navy Mark 1 flame-thrower proved to be the most valuable weapons systems on Iwo Jima." Exact date unknown, between February 19 and March 29, 1945.

Source: Department of Defense

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marine Corps Flamethrower Operator, Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

US Marine Corps Flamethrower Operator, Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-28

"A flamethrower operator of Co. E, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines, runs under fire on Iwo Jima, February 1945." Exact date unknown.

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

American Supplies Landed at Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

American Supplies Landed at Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945

Taken on 1945-02-28

"Out of the gaping mouths of Coast Guard and Navy Landing Craft, rose the great flow of invasion supplies to the blackened sands of Iwo Jima, a few hours after the Marines had wrested their foothold on the vital island."

Source: defenseimagery.mil/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

The First Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

The First Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-23

"The Marines and Navy corpsman in SSgt. Lowery's photograph were photographed after 1Lt. Harold Schrier (3rd platoon commander, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division), Sgt. Ernest Thomas (platoon sergeant), and Sgt. Henry Hansen (platoon guide) had raised the first pipe and flag on Mount Suribachi."

Source: history.navy.mil/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marine Corps Landing Vehicles Approach Iwo Jima, February 1945

US Marine Corps Landing Vehicles Approach Iwo Jima, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-19

"At 08:59, one minute ahead of schedule, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines of the 3rd Marine Division, the 4th Marine Division, and the new 5th Marine Division, making up the V Amphibious Corps, landed on the beach. The initial wave did not come under Japanese fire for some time, as General Kuribayashi's plan was to wait until the beach was full of the Marines and their equipment."

Source: National Parks Service/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marines Disembarking Onto Beach at Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

US Marines Disembarking Onto Beach at Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-19

"Many of the Marines who landed in the first wave speculated that perhaps the naval and air bombardment had killed all of the Japanese defenders. In the deathly silence, they became somewhat unnerved as Marine patrols began to advance inland in search of the Japanese positions. Only after the front wave of Marines reached a line of Japanese bunkers defended by machine gunners did they take hostile fire. Many concealed Japanese bunkers and firing positions opened up, and the first wave of Marines took devastating losses from the machine guns."

Source: marines.mil/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

Marines Take Cover on Iwo Jima Beach, Japan, February 1945

Marines Take Cover on Iwo Jima Beach, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-19

"It was extremely difficult for the Marines to advance because of the inhospitable terrain, which consisted of volcanic ash. This ash allowed for neither a secure footing nor the construction of foxholes to protect the Marines from hostile fire. However, the ash did help to absorb some of the fragments from Japanese artillery."

Source: National Park Service/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

USS New York Bombards Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

USS New York Bombards Iwo Jima, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-16

"The battleship USS New York firing its 356 mm (14.0 in) main guns on the island, 16 February 1945."

Source: history.navy.mil/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

US Marines Review Iwo Jima Invasion Plans Aboard Ship, February 1945

US Marines Review Iwo Jima Invasion Plans Aboard Ship, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-15

"Lieutenant Wade discusses the overall importance of the target at a pre-invasion briefing." Prior to the Iwo Jima landing of February 19, 1945; exact date unknown.

Source: defenseimagery.mil/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-07

'Big Three' at Yalta

'Big Three' at Yalta

Taken on 1945-02-04

Yalta Conference, February 1945. Original caption: "Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the "Big Three" sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Harry S. Truman, and Premier Josef Stalin. Behind them stand, from the left, Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, General of the Army George Marshall, Major General Laurence S. Kuter, General Aleksei Antonov, Vice Admiral Stepan Kucherov, and Admiral of the Fleet Nikolay Kuznetsov. February 1945. (Army) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 111-SC-260486 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 750"

Source: NARA FILE #: 111-SC-260486 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 750"

Uploaded by SATest on 2014-06-27

Japanese Commanders on Okinawa, Japan, February 1945

Japanese Commanders on Okinawa, Japan, February 1945

Taken on 1945-02-01

"Japanese commanders of Okinawa (including Admiral Minoru Ōta, Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima, Lt. Gen. Isamu Cho, and Col. Hiromichi Yahara) in February 1945." Exact date unknown.

Source: army.mil/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-06

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