The island of Iwo Jimo is located 1200 km South of mainland Japan and is uninhabited. It’s area is only 21 square kilometres, housed three Japanese airfields and was the stage of one of the bloodiest battles during World War 2 between the USA and the Empire of Japan (from the 19th of February until the 26th of March 1945).
The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions and 18 km of underground tunnels. More than 6,800 Americans and more than 18,000 Japanese soldiers died in the battle. Over 19,000 Americans were also wounded in the battle.
Today’s Daily Cool Photo is a Pulitzer prize winning photo by Joe Rosenthal. The photo shows US Marines patriotically raising the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Half of the men depicted in the picture died in battle.
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