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<b>Unpublished. </b>An exemplar of a bitter, grueling land battle, Iwo Jima also saw prodigious air and sea power brought to bear as American and Japanese troops clashed over control of the tiny Pacific island. American forces finally captured Iwo Jima - and its two strategic airfields - in late March, 1945.

<b>Unpublished. </b>An exemplar of a bitter, grueling land battle, Iwo Jima also saw prodigious air and sea power brought to bear as American and Japanese troops clashed over control of the tiny Pacific island. American forces finally captured Iwo Jima - and its two strategic airfields - in late March, 1945.

U.S. Fourth Division Marines move in from the beach on Iwo Jima, on Feb. 19, 1945. A dead Marine lies at right in the foreground. Mt. Suribachi, in the background, was turned into a beehive of guns by Japanese troops. It was scaled by the U.S. Marines, who took control.

U.S. Fourth Division Marines move in from the beach on Iwo Jima, on Feb. 19, 1945. A dead Marine lies at right in the foreground. Mt. Suribachi, in the background, was turned into a beehive of guns by Japanese troops. It was scaled by the U.S. Marines, who took control.

LIFE Behind the Picture: Marines Blasting a Cave, Iwo Jima, 1945 | LIFE.com

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LIFE Behind the Picture: Marines Blasting a Cave, Iwo Jima, 1945 | LIFE.com

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Berlin - Berlin's women, the so-called "rubble women," clean up debris near the Berlin Zoo, 1945.

Berlin - Berlin's women, the so-called "rubble women," clean up debris near the Berlin Zoo, 1945.

Red Beach Betio Island, Tarawa. day of battle (November looking east about 11 am. The man in the middle without a helmet is Cpl. Robert E Voorhees of Helena, Montana, Company ‘K’,...

LVTs brought US Marines toward the beaches of Iwo Jima, Feb 1945.

[Photo] LVTs brought Marines toward the beaches of Iwo Jima, Feb 1945

LVTs brought US Marines toward the beaches of Iwo Jima, Feb 1945.

Joe Rosenthal, left, AP photographer with the wartime pool, takes time out to rest, March 2, 1945, with Bob Campbell, a Marine from San Francisco, in front of a large Japanese gun knocked out by Marines at the base of Mt. Suribachi. Rosenthal scaled the mountain to make the picture of the U.S. flag being raised there. Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima.  (AP Photo)

Joe Rosenthal, left, AP photographer with the wartime pool, takes time out to rest, March 2, 1945, with Bob Campbell, a Marine from San Francisco, in front of a large Japanese gun knocked out by Marines at the base of Mt. Suribachi. Rosenthal scaled the mountain to make the picture of the U.S. flag being raised there. Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima. (AP Photo)

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