U.S. Navy warships of Task force 51 bombarding Japanese positions on Iwo Jima prior to invasion during World War II
Iwo Jima Date:1945, February 18 Duration:2 min 6 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Navy warships of Task Force 51, Joint Expeditionary Force, commanded by Vice Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner, bombard Japanese positions at the start of the campaign against Japanese-held Iwo Jima, during World War 2. Mount Suribachi visible at end of the island. The Eldorado (AGC-11), Vice Admiral Turner's flagship is seen. At time 00:20 to 1:04, the heavy cruiser USS Chester ( CA-27 ) is seen in camouflage Measure 32, design 9d, following another unidentified heavy cruiser, shelling the island of Iwo Jima. Time codes 1:05 to 1:12 show the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43). In time codes 1:14 through 1:31 the heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City ( CA-25) and the USS Vicksburg, CL-86, a Cleveland Class light cruiser, in camouflage (measure 33, design 6D), are seen shelling Japanese anti-aircraft gun emplacements around the east side of Motoyama airfield. The battleship, USS Idaho (BB-42) is seen in time codes 1:32 to 1:53. Other, unidentified U.S. warships are also seen bombarding the Island.
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