Defended by 18,000 Japanese only 216 would be taken prisoner just over a month later. But only after 100,000 American troops had been committed and 26,000 dead and wounded, the only battle where the US Marines suffered more casualties than the Japanese.
Four Cameramen would be killed in filming and another ten wounded, but not before capturing the iconic picture of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi.
Only £3.50 for the full 18 minutes!
The History Network has managed to acquire a 16mm original colour print and has had it professionally scanned and cleaned.
We now offer it to you in two flavours and ipod/iphone version and a high definition version for home viewing on large screens.
SD Version (Video: H.264 @1500kbps / Size: 640 x 480)
HD Version (Video: H.264 @ 5000kbps / Size: 960 x 720)