Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, commander of Iwo Jima
Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith commanded the Expeditionary Troops at Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945
Ship to shore bombardment at night off the coast of Iwo Jima
General overview at h-hour
Aerial of Suribachi Volcano on Iwo Jima
Pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima, 1945-02-17. Looking north with Mount Suribachi in the foreground. Photographed by an airplane from USS Makin Island.
Sixth Fleet during invasion of Iwo Jima. Mount Suribachi in background. ca. 02/19/1945
Tracked landing vehicles (LVTs), jam-packed with 4th Marine Division troops, approach the Line of Departure at H-hour on D-day. In the center rear can be seen the control vessels which attempted to maintain order in the landing
SB2c-4’s from carrier of US task force approaching Iwo Jima in Volcano Islands support the landing craft bearing assault troop. Taken by plane from USS Hancock (CV-19).
Marines on the beach of Iwo Jima - 19 February 1945
Unloading on the beach of Iwo Jima.
Marines of the 5th Division inch their way up a slope on Red Beach No. 1 toward Surbachi Yama as the smoke of the battle drifts about them. Iwo Jima, February 19, 1945
Marines burrow in the volcanic sand on the beach of Iwo Jima
A reserve of Fourth Division Marines, burrowed into the black sand of Iwo Jima, awaits its turn to move up on D-Day, February 19
Japanese 120mm Gun at Iwo Jima. This gun was knocked out prior to D-Day
Across the litter on Iwo Jima's black sands, Marines of the 4th Division shell Japanese positions cleverly concealed back from the beaches. Here, a gun pumps a stream of shells into Jap positions inland on the tiny volcanic island. February 1945
A group of F6F’s attacking in support of the ground force at Iwo Jima. February 21, 1945
37mm Gun fires against cave positions in north face of volcano in support of RCT 28. These light but extremely accurate weapons did some of their best work in the southern part of the island
Smashed by Japanese mortar and shellfire, trapped by Iwo's treacherous black-ash sands, amtracs and other vehicles of war lay knocked out on the black sands of the volcanic fortress. ca. February/March 1945
Burrowed in his shallow foxhole at the edge of Motoyama airstrip on Iwo Jima, a Marine communicator calls for artillery support to silence the enemy mortars that are pinning down the leatherneck advance.
Lieutenant R.A. Tilghman, of F. Co., 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines holds battlefield briefing under fire. He and his men are advancing up the west coast of Iwo Jima, time 1040. February 20, 1945
First Iwo Jima Flag Raising. Small flag carried ashore by the 2d Battalion, 28th Marines is planted atop Mount Suribachi at 1020, 23 February 1945
Alternate version of First Iwo Jima Flag Raising (from Library of Congress)
From the crest of Mount Suribachi, the Stars and Stripes wave in triumph over Iwo Jima after U.S. Marines had fought their way inch by inch up its steep lava-encrusted slopes. 02/1945
This Sherman Tank was disabled by a land mine and five hits by Japanese artillery at Iwo Jima, but the crew escaped uninjured. Note heavy planking on side to protect against magnetic demolition charges
Marines of the Fourth Division receive airmail in the most literal sense of the word when planes flew over Iwo and parachuted mail bags to the beach
A Marine flame tank, also known as a "Ronson," scorches a Japanese strongpoint
A flamethrower operator of Co. E, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines, runs under fire on Iwo Jima, February 1945.
Flamethrower operators move back up the line after refilling their tanks with fuel. Iwo Jima, 1945.
Howling Mad views the wreckage
Marine Machine Gun Team Fires on Japanese Positions.
Captured Japanese flag on Iwo Jima
A 60mm mortar squad on Iwo Jima during an engagement.
A carbine-equipped Marine on Iwo Jima, February 1945.
Members of the Marine Corps Dog platoon move up to the front lines of Iwo Jima
The power of the invasion armada in the background stands out in ironic contrast with the scene on the Iwo Jima beachhead. Marines of the Third division, covered with their ponchos, lie on the beach they gave their lives to win. The battle still rages miles away
First B-29 to land on Iwo, 4 March 1945, and Marine observation plane are pictured together on Airfield Number 1. By 26 March, 36 Superforts had used the emergency facilities on the island
Dinah Might, the first crippled B-29 to make an emergency landing on Iwo Jima during the fighting, is surrounded by Marines and Seabees on 4 March 1945.