DIRECTORTourtellot, Arthur B.
TITLECrusade in the Pacific: The Battle of Iwo Jima and the A-Bomb.
DISTRIBUTORMarch of Time Television
RUNNING TIME115 minutes

This documentary film shows the vicious fighting in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The film is presented in three parts. The first part deals with the battle for Iwo Jima, a tiny island whose Japanese defenders claimed over 20,000 American casualties. The second part explains the subsequent attack on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, where Americans suffered the worst casualties in the Pacific Theatre. The final part shows the bombing of Japan, starting with Doolittle’s raid in April 1942, and ending with the dropping of the atomic bomb. The main focus of this part is the B-29 campaign. Produced in 1951, the film is distinctly pro-American. The Japanese soldiers and civilians are simply the invisible enemy, and are not interviewed. Even their military viewpoints are not presented. In the film, the gruesome footage and relevant statistics demonstrate the brutal and intense nature of island-hopping warfare.

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