National Geographic : 1946 Jun
U.a.uoast uuara, umcial Marines Unload Supplies from an LSM (right) and LSTs a Few Hours after Storming Ashore on Iwo Jima Iwo was the toughest fight in the Marines' history. They took the island, yards at a time, by rooting out 20,000 Japanese inan amazing series ofinterlocking caves. Under foot, Iwo's volcanic sand exhausts these men; it stalled all vehicles but tanks and tractors. Wrecked ducks and amtiacks(amphibious trucks and tractors) litter the beach.