The battle of Iwo Jima started on February 19, 1945 with the invasion of a Japanese island stronghold in the north Pacific. What had been envisioned as a five-day "walk-over" became a 36 day descent into hell for 70,000 US Marines and 21,000 fanatical Japanese defenders. In IWO JIMA: RED BLOOD, BLACK SAND, 21 veterans of the 1945 battle are interviewed and tell the horrifying saga of the conquest of the strategic enemy island stronghold 650 miles from Tokyo. Called "The best documentary of WW II," by the film critic of the Washington Post, this film strips away the jingoism of propaganda and reveals the raw underbelly of total war on an island less than eight miles long. Rare combat footage enhances the history of Iwo Jima where 27,000 American and Japanese soldiers died. IWO JIMA: RED BLOOD, BLACK SAND is a timeless military documentary about one of the Marine Corps' toughest battles.
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