Iwo Jima (Island Week)

Monday, 28th August 2006 by

(It's Island Week all this week at GGSS, which means we'll mostly be posting about Islands. Catchy name, huh?)

The tiny volcanic island of Iwo Jima, part of the Ogasawara Islands, is just over 1000km south of Tokyo. It was the location of the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the deadliest battles of WWII, and you can still see wrecked ships along the coastline.

Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi was also where the famous "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" photograph was taken. Supposedly the most reproduced photograph in history, it was used as the inspiration for the USMC War memorial in Washington.

Thanks: SnowManson, John, Stephan Segraves, Thomas, Tyler Casella & Peggy