Preliminary U.S. Naval bombardment of Iwo Jima before invasion in World War II
Iwo Jima Date:1945, February 17 Duration:5 min 30 sec Sound:Yes
February 17, 1945, Minesweepers move across the beaches of Iwo Jima, where U.S. amphibious landings are to be made. Diagram shows their positions and paths. Minesweepers are seen running parallel to the shore and then with Mount Suribachi behind them. Diagram illustrates Japanese shore batteries pattern of fire at U.S. gunboats. Actual scenes of the gunboats being destroyed and damaged by Japanese fire. At the same time, American reconnaissance swimmers jump from fast patrol boats. U.S. Navy ships begin firing white phosphorus shells to set up smoke screens. U.S. swimmers are recovered, after reconnoitering the beach areas. Gunboat 474 (USS LCI(G)-474) is seen severely damaged. Stretcher bearers seen on deck of a U.S. ship. Diagram shows the plan to employ naval gunfire from the battleships, Idaho, Nevada, New York, and Tennessee, at close range, against Japanese shore batteries. Numerous views of gunfire from those battleships.
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