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Fourth Marine Division Lands on the Beach

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Marines of the Fourth Marine Division pour ashore from their landing craft on Yellow and Blue Beaches on D-day. Note ammunition and supply trailers pulled by the infantry. They would soon sink in the fine-grain black sand. Enemy fire had not hit this assault wave yet as it landed. The infantry, heavily laden, found its own “foot-mobility“ severely restricted. In the words of Corporal Edward Hartman, a rifleman with the Fourth Division: “the sand was so soft it was like trying to run in loose coffee grounds.“ From the 28th Marines came this early, laconic report: “Resistance moderate, terrain awful.“ At 1000 Hours the Japanese began firing along presighted registers all along the landing beach.
Image Filename wwii1185.jpg
Image Size 139.51 KB
Image Dimensions 600 x 400
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed February 19, 1945
Location Yellow or Blue Beach
City Iwo Jima
State or Province Bonins
Country Japan
Archive United States Marine Corps
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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