What Happened in the Battle of Iwo Jima?
The Battle of Iwo Jima was fought between the United States and the Japanese empire in February 1945 during World War II. As Japanese imperialist aggression expanded, the Japanese Navy attacked the United States’ Pearl Harbor Naval Base in 1941 to prevent the U.S. Navy from becoming involved in their plans for Pacific conquest. The attack, however, produced the opposite effect, as it drew the United States into World War II in Europe and in the Pacific theater. Iwo Jima was one of the more prolific battles in the Pacific theater. Island Hopping Iwo Jima was part of the Allied strategy known as island hopping, which successfully dismantled Japan’s Pacific empire piece by piece, island by island, all the while stripping them of vital resources. The main goal was to get as close as possible to the mainland of a weakened Japan and stage a massive American invasion. The Japanese Imperial Military, well aware of these plans, fought hard, to the point of fanaticism, to protect the mainland an