To the Shores of Iwo Jima

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To The Shores of Iwo Jima
To the Shores of Iwo Jima titlecard.jpg
Produced byMilton Sperling
Edited byRex Steele
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 1945 (1945)
CountryUnited States

To the Shores of Iwo Jima is a 1945 Kodachrome color short war film produced by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. It documents the Battle of Iwo Jima, and was the first time that American audiences saw in color the footage of the famous flag raising on Iwo Jima.


The film follows the servicemen through the battle in rough chronological order, from the bombardment of the island by warships and carrier-based airplanes to the final breakdown of resistance. Although it shows the taking of Mount Suribachi, it then switches to the footage of the second flag raising.

The film ends by acknowledging the 4,000 who had died in the month-long battle, and tells the audience that their deaths were not in vain, showing a bomber aircraft taking off from the island for a mission over Japan.

Production notes[edit]

Four cameramen, including USMC Sgt. Bill Genaust (who shot the flag raising sequence), were killed in action. Ten other camera operators were wounded.

It was partially filmed in Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks, California.[1][2]

Award nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.[3][4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bidwell, Carol A. (1989). The Conejo Valley: Old and New Frontiers. Windsor Publications. Pages 82-83. ISBN 9780897812993.
  2. ^ Fleming, E.J. (2010). The Movieland Directory: Nearly 30,000 Addresses of Celebrity Homes, Film Locations and Historical Sites in the Los Angeles Area, 1900–Present. McFarland. Page 48. ISBN 9781476604329.
  3. ^ "To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1942)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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