Thursday, February 19, 2015

Iwo Jima

This is another picture from the War in the Pacific. The picture was taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The mountain in the background is  Mnt. Suribachi where the iconic flag raising picture was taken. This picture was taken in 1945.


  1. Another interesting photograph. A 75mm gun engaging in what appears to be direct fire on Surabachi. The observer is off to the left of the gun. The gun's armor plate has been very badly damaged and the crew is all down, indicating that they're still concerned of taking something incoming.

  2. It is all so horrifying, it is hard to think of anything to say.

    1. Rebecca I'm 65 & have only just realised that sometimes you have to fight or something. This is what the Poms (Brits) did in WW2. They wanted to keep living on their island on their own terms, but my friends & I from all over the world arrived in the 70's, could see they had had nothing much since the war. Hard times & hard repayments. I would have put my google address here but they want $79 to fix my account!

  3. To Pat & Marcus: Is your blog?

  4. Interesting how much of the landscape in many of these pictures looks like it's not worth fighting over by the time the pictures are taken. Don't get me wrong--it was the fighting that had ruined the landscape, and the war had to be fought.

    Very interesting article in the most recent Archaeology magazine on the left-over equipment and unexploded ordinance in the South Pacific, specifically in this particular story on one atoll in the Marshall Islands. It now looked again like a tropical paradise, except for hundreds of dangerous weapons from both sides of the war, some obvious, some hidden. Corrosion and instability caused by deterioration of the toxic chemicals is making them more and more dangerous, and there's little money to do the de-tox necessary to protect the people who live there. This article was about an expedition partly of archaeologists and partly of weapons experts, just on one occupied island. Using the people living there as guides to where the ordinance was, both American and Japanese, they tried to transport it to a safe place for storage. A few really unstable bombs had to be detonated in place, after evacuating the people. This atoll had lost a 12 yr old boy a few yrs earlier, so was eager to help make their community safer.


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