Iwo Jima Date:1945 Duration:4 min 57 sec Sound:Yes
Scenes filmed by Navy and Marine combat photographers, of the Battle for Iwo Jima, in February and March, 1944, during World War 2. View from a boat offshore, of Mount Suribachi, on the Island of Iwo Jima. Warships of the U.S. 5th Fleet attack with naval gunfire, as landing craft manuever near shore. U.S. Marines aboard Landing Vehicles Tracked (LVTs) head for the beach, with the heavy cruiser, USS Baltimore (CA-68) in the background. U.S. Carrier-based Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft drops bombs on Mount Suribachi. Landing craft arriving at a fairly level area of beach. U.S. marines moving cautiously on the beachhead. The USS Baltimore and a Fletcher class destroyer offshore in background. Marines hunkered down with smoke rising near them, and then moving forward again, through the black sands. Closeup of a marine with flame thrower. Several U.S. Chance Vought F4U Corsair aircraft fly overhead, dropping bombs on the mountain. Marines continue to move forward, under constant fire from Japanese small arms. A heavy landing craft Infantry, LCI(H) moves toward shore in background. A DUKW ("Duck") coming ashore. Marines using a crane to offload a 105mm howitzer from a landing craft. As they raise the gun, the landing craft moves away and marines Hook the howitzer to a DUKW to help move it. Next, marines are seen setting up two 105s on the beachhead and firing them. Marines with more artillery pieces stacked on the beachhead. A gunboat, LCI (G), firing from close to the shore behind them. Marines digging in sand that the narrator calls the floor of an active volcano. Smoking sulphur gases are seen rising behind them. The USS Baltimore firing her guns from close to shore. Machine gun tracer rounds crossing the beachhead, as Naval gunfire resumes from offshore. Marines crawling and then occasionally sprinting forward across the sand dunes. (One carries a stretcher.) Four marines carrying one wounded back to the beachhead, on a stretcher. Two marines carry another between them. Marines scrambling over brush and rough ground. View from hillside of marines climbing up from below, as shell bursts only a few yards away. Scene shifts to later in the battle for Iwo Jima. A catapillar tractor is parked near bodies of Japanese soldiers strewn across the landscape. (Narrator notes that more than 14 thousand such dead had been counted by March 6, 1944.) Finally, the iconic moving images of U.S. marines raising the American flag over Mount Suribachi.
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