Iwo Jima Term Paper by Nicky

Iwo Jima
A look at the significance and events surrounding the US invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II.
# 148312 | 1,068 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2011 in History (Asian) , History (U.S. World Wars)

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This paper discusses how the capture of Iwo Jima in 1944 was crucial to the U.S. campaign against Japan after the victory in Europe almost a year before. The paper also examines how the island-hopping concept substantially reduced the flying distance required by U.S. heavy bombers and allowed them to conduct effective strategic bombing operations against Mainland Japan without the heavy losses from Japanese fighter/interceptors based on those islands.

Strategic Significance of Iwo Jima
Command and Weaponry
Combat Operations
The Significance of the U.S. Victory

From the Paper:

"Under the direction of Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the Japanese committed almost 23,000 men to the defense of Iwo Jima (Commager & Miller, 2002). They were equipped with heavy and medium artillery, heavy and light machine guns, tanks, mortars, and thousands of small arms. The main strategy of Kuribayashi's forces was to use a large network of interconnected tunnels dug deep beneath almost half of the
island's territory. Because Iwo Jima was a volcanic Island, its surface was covered in deep layers of volcanic ash that was ideal for digging trenches and tunnels and Kuribayashi maximized this advantage by spending months preparing for the American
invasion that was expected. Kuribayashi also had several kamikaze aircraft which he launched against U.S. Navy ships, causing the combat loss of approximately 300 Navy seamen Bishop & McNab, 2007)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ambrose, S. (2001). The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Bishop, C., McNab, C. (2007). Campaigns of World War II Day By Day. London, UK: Amber Books.
  • Commager, H., Miller, D. (2002). The Story of World War II: Revised, Expanded & Updated from the Original Text by Henry Steele Commager. New York: Bantam Books.
  • Ray, J. (2003). The Illustrated History of WWII. London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

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