Letters from Iwo Jima
During the Second World War, Iwo Jima Island was of strategic importance. The radar station on Iwo Jima allowed the Japanese air defense to notify in advance of the raids, and also helped the Japanese fighters intercept American bombers on the way not only to the point of impact, but also back.
Iwo Jima fights were the bloodiest of all land battles on the Pacific Islands. A small island, less than 9 km long and less than 5 km wide, was stormed by 70 thousand American soldiers and officers with the support of 220 thousand sailors. The Japanese garrison of the island numbered 20 thousand people. Despite serious superiority, the Americans were able to take control of the island only a month after the landing.
Clint Eastwood made two films about this battle - “Flags of Our Fathers” shows events through the eyes of American soldiers, and the film “Letters from Iwo Jima” - from the Japanese point of view.