Sunday, January 10, 2010
Iwo Jima a island that the Japanese owned during WWII. The US invaded Iwo Jima on February 19,1945. the American commander in the invasion was Holland Smith commanding a force of US marines 110,000 strong. The two Japanese commanders were Tadamichi Kuribayashi and Takeichi Nishi commanding forces of 18,061 and 18,591 strong. the Americans greatly outnumbered the Japanese,but the Japanese did not go down without a fight,the Japanese had made tunnels throughout the island and whenever an American came close they would fire.The Japanese were very smart about there tunnels they made one outpost not to far the next so when one guy died another could take his place quickly.the American losses were 6,821 dead and 19,217 wounded.the Japanese losses were 17,845 and 18,375 dead and 216 captured.