Guadalcanal & the Shores of Iwo Jima To the thousands of Marines who fought in these battles, their very names are synonymous with bravery. The war in the Pacific was fought against a relentless enemy who believed that death or victory … see full wiki
"To the Shores of Iwo Jima" is a true account of the fighting that took place on Iwo Jima. Using actual (extremely clean) footage of the battle, it is a short description of one of the most important battles in the Pacific theater. By making the island's airfield available to Allied planes, it meant that the bombing of the Japanese home islands would now be merciless and largely unopposed. There is nothing outstanding about the account, although you may recognize some of the images as having been in the recent movies "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima." "This is Guadalcanal" is nothing but a propaganda film; the American soldiers are depicted as being almost free of risk. Generally, they are working, eating, and bathing seemingly with few cares in the world. The only footage showing combat is when some Japanese planes come over and a few are shot down. There is nothing about the aftermath of the ferocious ground battles that took place. While some American wounded are shown being cared for and evacuated, there is no image of any American war dead. The only hint of that is a clip of taps being played at a cemetery on Guadalcanal. The modern viewer will find the opening and closing lectures by a man in military uniform amateurish and a bit preachy. As a propaganda film it was very poorly done.
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