Documentary short film depicting the American assault on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima and the massive battle that raged on that key island in the Allied advance on Japan.
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Harlon Block ...
Himself - USMC: Raises Flag
John H. Bradley ...
Himself - USN: Raises Flag
Rene A. Gagnon ...
Himself - USMC: Raises Flag
Ira H. Hayes ...
Himself - USMC: Raises Flag
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Himself - Inevitable Triumph Speech (archive sound) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Franklin Sousley ...
Himself - USMC: Raises Flag
Mike Strank ...
Himself - USMC: Raises Flag
Richmond Kelly Turner ...
Himself - USN (as Adm. Turner)
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Documentary short film depicting the American assault on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima and the massive battle that raged on that key island in the Allied advance on Japan.

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7 June 1945 (USA)  »

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Four cameramen were killed and ten were wounded while filming this documentary. See more »

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Surprisingly Candid.
21 April 2016 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

For 1945 this was an unusually honest documentary. These shorts were generally shown in theaters in addition to the usual double bill, along with a newsreel and a cartoon.

The Japanese are still "Japs" and they're given no credit for courage or ingenuity but neither are they the "bandylegged monkeys" of the films of the early war years like "Bataan." The photographers capture the unbelievable heroism of men fighting duels with an unseen enemy who has riddled the small island with interconnecting caves and tunnels that have made them impervious to bombardment.

The methodical and emphatic narration describes our casualties bluntly and there are shots of dead and wounded Marines but the estimate of 4,000 Marine dead understates the actual number by 2,800. All together, there were 26,000 American casualties and 22,000 Japanese, most of whom were killed.

The film is accurate in admitting that the raising of the flag over Mount Suribachi didn't represent our victory over the defenders. In some feature films, like "The Sands of Iwo Jima," it's presented as the climax of the battle, which the narration here makes clear it was not.

The battle for the island went on for weeks. Even after the airfield was in use, there were attacks on pilots sleeping in their tents. But a twenty-minute short can't capture every event and this film does a fine job.


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