Revisiting an old piece I started in 2012 but never finished... #iwojima
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Flew to Iwo Jima in 2008 and took this photo from the top of Mt. Suribachi. Below is a picture from the same spot during the landings in March of 1945. #tbt
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If you want to get really off the beaten path for some truly surreal oceanside beauty, you could do worse than Satsuma Iojima 📷: @tatsuphotos
This tiny volcanic island is part of Kagoshima Prefecture, in the far southwest of Japan. The waters surrounding the island are yellow, due to the high concentration of sulphur emitted from the volcano.
Just hop on the ferry from Kagoshima Port, and four hours later you're well off the tourist map!
Corporal Stein of #usmc took a downed aircraft #machinegun and called it the 'stinger'. He kept running out of ammunition and having to ferry more and wounded comrades, 1200-1500 rounds per minute! #iwojima#assault#guns
(Had a bit of an error with today's posts, but here they are!) By the end of April, 1942, Japan and its ally, Thailand, had almost fully conquered Burma, Malaya, the Dutch East Indies, Singapore, and Rabaul, inflicting severe losses on Allied troops in their goal of expanding their Empire. Despite stubborn resistance by Filipino and US forces, the Philippine Commonwealth was eventually captured, forcing its government into exile. Japanese forces also achieved naval victories in the South China Sea, Java Sea, and the Indian Ocean, also bombing the Allied naval base at Darwin, Australia. At the beginning of 1942, the only Allied successs against Japan was a Chinese victory at Changsha. This left Japan overconfident and overextended, planning a new invasion that would cut off supply lines between the United States and Australia. Once that was accomplished, they planned to seize Midway Atoll to lure American carriers into battle to be eliminated, and to occupy the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The US, now officially a part of the war, were fully aware of all plans already, having broken Japanese naval codes in May. They used this knowledge to achieve a decisive victory at Midway over the Imperial Japanese Navy, destroying Japan's plans. The US then began a system of attacks against Japanese positions in the southern Solomon Islands, primarily Guadalcanal, as the first step towards capturing Rabaul, the main Japanese base in Southeast Asia. The Battle of Guadalcanal soon became one of the most important engagements of the Pacific Theater, with heavy commitments of troops and ships in battle on both sides. By the start of 1943, the Japanese were defeated on the island, and withdrew their troops. Japan's easy conquest had finally run out of steam. #worldwar2#ww2#war#japan#unitedstates#pacific#germany#guadalcanal#iwojima#midway#history