This captures the violence and sheer destruction inherent in war perhaps more graphically than any other ever published. Marines take cover on an Iwo Jima hillside amid the burned-out remains of banyan jungle, as a Japanese bunker is obliterated in March
wo U. Marines direct flame throwers at Japanese defenses that block the way to Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi on March On the left is Pvt. Richard Klatt, of North Fond Dulac, Wisconsin, and on the right is PFC Wilfred Voegeli.
Feb 1945 Americans land on Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.
A Marine flame throwing tank, also known as a "Ronson", scorches a Japanese strongpoint. The eight Shermans equipped with the Navy Mark 1 flame-thrower proved to be the most valuable weapons systems on Iwo Jima.
February Marines, among other America forces, raided the beaches of Iwo Jima. It would take five weeks of intense fighting and cost nearly U. lives to defeat the well-entrenched, heavily-fortified enemy positions and secure the strategic island
WWII - The D-Day Landings, U. troops wade ashore from a Coast Guard landing craft at Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day landings near Vierville sur Mer, France, on June (REUTERS/US National Archives)