To the Shores of Iwo Jima
|To The Shores of Iwo Jima|
|Produced by||Milton Sperling
United States Marine Corps
|Edited by||Rex Steele|
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.
Four cameramen, including Bill Genaust, who shot the flag raising sequence, died bringing this footage to the public. Ten were wounded.
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- To the Shores of Iwo Jima at the Internet Movie Database
- To the Shores of Iwo Jima is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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