Monday, March 4, 2013

Iwo Jima today

The island of Iwo Jima, now called IOTO (sulfur island) was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. The U.S. Marines landed in February 1945 and fought against the Japanese Imperial forces until March, when they finally managed to conquer the island. The Japanese resistance was extreme, which led them to lose almost all his men.
On this island, at the top of Mount Suribachi, it was made the famous photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.



VISITING IWO JIMA

Nowadays visiting Iwo Jima is almost impossible. It belongs to the army and there is only a naval base of the forces of Japan. No civilians live there. You can only go to Iwo Jima with an organized tour that visit the island once a year. The company http://www.miltours.com organizes tours for military veterans, family members or people interested. They meet every year in Guam to commemorate the anniversary of the battle. From there, an airplane takes them to Iwo Jima. This tour departs from Los Angeles and the places are very limited because they have a single aircraft to fly to the island. The tour price  is about $3500.                                        



REMAINS OF THE BATTLE AND MEMORIALS OF IWO JIMA 

Here I show you some of the things that you can find on the island today. There are many more relics of the battle. The land is full of caves, bunkers, artillery and grenade shrapnel damage.


American Memorial Iwo Jima :

Location: here .
The memorial is situated where the American flag was raised on February 12, 1945. It commemorates the valor and sacrifice of the Marines.

 Photo: Kawetijoru


The beach landing:
Location: here .
The beach where American troops entered the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Division on February 19, 1945.
Photo: Seigo





Underground Hospital Imperial Japanese Navy:
Location: here .
Here were treated the Japanese soldiers wounded in battle.
Photos: Warrick


Seabee Memorial:
Location: here .
This work of art was created by the Navy Seabee few days after the end of the battle. It represents the flag raising on Mount Suribachi.
 Photo: Warrick


Japanese bunkers:
Location: here.
Photo: Seigo
Photo: jpjonesusn

American Tank:
Location: here .
M4A3 Sherman tank belonging to the 4th Tank Battalion. He was eliminated during the battle.
Photo: JohnnyHN


Japanese coastal Canyon:
Location: here .
It lies north of Mount Suribachi.
Photo: JohnnyHN


Sources:
http://en.tracesofwar.com

 

18 comments:

  1. Maybe "too much time" has finally passed Iwo Jima by time itself. Hope not. This "great though tragic" chapter has earned its place in history. No, it should not be reduced to "hiking" and biking. But somehow a way to properly honor Iwo Jima and those (on both sides) who died could/should be found. Otherwise, Iwo and its will just eventually evaporate away. Shame. These great heroics made by both sides should not be forgotten. BILL SMITH, P.O. Box 516, Malibu CA 902675, son of two American officers from WW2, no longer alive, but we can still feel Iwo Jima's heart politely pounding away.

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  2. my heart and soul goes out to our brave fighting men who stormed ashore on that fateful day, and the days that followed. Uncommonn valor was a common virtue, only stratches the surface of what all those men faced no matter what branch of service they fought with. may God bless them and those loved ones they left behind. i hope that peace will enter their hearts and to those still with us my heartfelt thanks for keeping us all free. i hope we as Americans never forget that sacrifice and that we will instill in our generations to come, a pride that only we as Americans can appreciate. I am the wife of a USAF retired Captain and the mother of an USA and USN veteran,. Thank you all for your service now and in the generations to come.....

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  3. War is war. Not all the 'heart goes out' nonsense jargon, and harms way talk talk. Men fight to kill. Nothing else.
    It's kill him, or he kills me. And the bottom line, as it has been for thousands of years, it's all about power and money.

    Quit kidding yourselves people. Devil is on both sides.

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    1. Your assertion that 'Devil is on both sides' is absurd. The U.S., Britain, Canada, etc. never were and never will be perfect because human beings are involved. But to imply moral equivalence between Tojo's japan and the U.S. is morally wrong. The Japanese government under Tojo was a tyranny. They planned to try to repel an invasion of Japan by arming girls, boys and old men and women in civilian clothes armed with sharpened sticks setting them up for a slaughter. The government didn't care about their citizens so it is no wonder they brutalized other countries civilians and combatants. And please don't insult peoples intelligence by bringing up the atomic bombs. By that point, it had become a total war and while we will never know what would have happened if the bombs hadn't been dropped, imagine a U.S. President trying to explain why tens of thousands, and probably over a hundred thousand young U.S. men died during an invasion when there was a weapon (the atomic bombs) that might have ended the war had it been used. You go ahead and delude yourself that there is no right and wrong or good and evil but spare the rest of us who do know the difference, even when the 'good' side is noticeably less than perfect.

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  4. B Crystal, you are very misguided about your understanding of what happened on Iwo Jima as well as within the greater conflict. To pretend that there was moral parity between the two sides in that battle is disingenuous and insulting. Yes, both sides killed, and yes both sides sought to protect themselves and their friends. However, the Allies didn't commit horrendous torture and mass execution of their captives. The Japanese did, with relish. The Allies didn't enslave, rape, and exterminate entire local populations because they considered them subhuman and inferior. The Japanese did. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that I hold modern Japanese accountable for these actions, but do not try to white wash history by saying "the devil is on both sides". There were undoubtedly atrocities on the Allied side as well, but they were aberrations and not completely systemic as they were on the Japanese side. Learn your history before you go spouting off with your hollow philosophical tropes about "power and money". This is the real world, not a Disney movie, situations are always far more complex than simply "power and money".

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    1. Bravo. Well put; something that needed to be said.

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    2. B Crystal makes a fair if poorly stated point. The US was plenty into doing just those things you mention. See the Phillipines, religious-based "manifest destiny" (an analog to the Japanese feeling of superiority), southern treatment of blacks and whites that supported blacks. I agree that the US was responding to aggression in this conflict, but ironically that aggression occurred in a state that we took over from unwilling people. Go figure, a power struggle, another of B Crystal's points.

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    3. I think all of you should read war is a racket written by a lieutenant general. All war going back to the Napoleonic Wars was staged and pre-planned for depopulation and resources and power and money but mostly for depopulation. The 1% is always behind every single war going back to the Napoleonic Wars.

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  5. What an overly simplistic view Crystal. Try cracking open a history book or two and learning why we were at war with Japan. The Rape of Nanking or any book on the Bataan Death March are great places to start.

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  6. This war was about money and power??? You know nothing about the history of WW2 Crystal. If there was ever a war worth fighting WW2 was it. We fought aggression, the rape and murder of thousands of people, crimes against humanity, the literal fate of the world was at stake. Not to mention a suprise attack on a sleeping Pearl Harbor. Where Thousands of Americans died. You did not see American forces going on a month long spree of rape and murder, killing women, children, and wounded men in there cots. Of coarse there were crimes commited on both sides, but the Axis powers were a literal culture of crimes against humanity. Your remarks are insulting to me, imagine if a WW2 vet read them.

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    1. You are mistaken, World War II was about power and money and was financed by the richest 1%. All wars going back to the Napoleonic Wars was staged and pre-planned for depopulation, money, and resources. It's a giant Ponzi scheme. If anybody thinks that Pearl Harbor was just some secret attack from Japan and America didn't know about it is a fool.

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  7. I respect very much the USA army for what they did during world war 2. Not only fought on the Pacific the Japanese, but were great and free Europe from fascism and Nazism regimes.
    As an Italian I was not even born , but I know they helped italy even after the war to rebuild the country from the ruins of the war, so it might sound cheesy but thanks America army for all you did.

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  8. I respect very much the USA army for what they did during world war 2. Not only fought on the Pacific the Japanese, but were great and free Europe from fascism and Nazism regimes.
    As an Italian I was not even born , but I know they helped italy even after the war to rebuild the country from the ruins of the war, so it might sound cheesy but thanks America army for all you did.

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  9. It's hard to believe that governments such as those of Japan and Germany could have sponsored so much pain and suffering, but they did. Most of their citizens wanted what we all want, to live productive, happy lives with their family and friends. Instead they became pawns in an evil empire. This is why we can never forget what happened, so we will be able to recognise and prevent it from happening again! Remember those who fought the tyranny....

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  10. It's hard to believe that governments such as those of Japan and Germany could have sponsored so much pain and suffering, but they did. Most of their citizens wanted what we all want, to live productive, happy lives with their family and friends. Instead they became pawns in an evil empire. This is why we can never forget what happened, so we will be able to recognise and prevent it from happening again! Remember those who fought the tyranny....

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  11. My uncle died on Iwo Jima. I read a letter he wrote before the battle. I felt like I was there with him as he talked about what was happening. I was crying throughout the letter. I can never put myself in his shoes, but I can lead a life that he would be proud to have given his life for.

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  12. My father survived Iwo Jima and thus, I live. I always come to tears when I think of the men who didn't survive, and the sacrifice they made. They were drafted and didn't choose to be there, yet they did their duty so that we in 2016, can still live free. Generation X and the Millenials know nothing of Iwo, and don't care about what really makes them free. Sad that as a nation, we let them forget about their heritage....lesser nations do not let the young forget.
    I hope for change....but at least I can remember, and honor those who served for us....the kids that came after Iwo Jima.

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  13. When criminals, bigots and mass murderers gain control of government
    as they did in Germany, Japan and Italy
    in the 1930's, they must be stopped.
    The United States and allies had to step in and stop them, especially after
    sneaky surprise attack on Pearl harbor.
    WWII was a fight for our very survival.
    Iwo Jima was an example of our brave
    fighting men in all battles in the war.
    WWII was total war for survival. The
    atomic bomb was justified as it saved perhaps up to a half million American
    lives. Our schools should teach our kids that WWII veterans saved our
    nation as we know it now.

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