A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Iwo Jima, Battle of

Iwo Jima, Battle of On 17 February 1945, Major General Harry Schmidt’s Third, Fourth, and Fifth Marine Divisions began landing on Iwo Jima, held by Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi’s 23,000 Japanese. Schmidt declared the island secure on 16 March, but minor resistance lasted until 26 March. US losses: 5,931 killed, 19,920 wounded. Japanese losses: 23,000 killed, 1,000 captured. Iwo Jima’s capture brought Japan in range of the US fighters needed to escort B-29 bombers from Saipan.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Iwo Jima, Battle of," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed April 14, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TH7PMVHJWMAK1ND.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Iwo Jima, Battle of." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 14 Apr. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TH7PMVHJWMAK1ND.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Iwo Jima, Battle of' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 14 April 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TH7PMVHJWMAK1ND.