The Battle of Iwo Jima began on February 18th for the Marines and other landing troops. As the first Japanese "Home Island" to be invaded, resistance was expected to be fierce and more fanatical than previously seen. The Marines however could not have prepared for the traps, intentionally and unintentionally laid for them.
Although Maj. Gen. Schmidt of the USMC requested a ten day bombardment before the landing, the Navy would only give him three. Given the level of preparation by the Japanese with deep tunnels and bunkers, it is unknown exactly how much the additional bombardment would have helped, although morale among the Marines definitely suffered.
Aware an invasion was coming as early as June 1944, Lt. Gen Kuribayashi ordered preparations to be made. He disregarded typical Japanese methodology of attempting to stop a landing on the beach knowing the island would fall, regardless how fierce the defense. As such, he set his forces back with fields of fire overlooking the beach. This created such a killzone that Iwo Jima became the only major Pacific battle where American total casualties outnumbered Japanese.
Besides the Japanese, the Marines were forced to fight the island itself. The black volcanic ash and sand hindered all aspects of operation. Bad intel on the actual consistency of the sand led to initial landing vehicles to be stuck on the beach, just spinning their wheels and treads. Marines attempting to move up the beach head sunk into sand and struggled to move. Those who sought to dig in found fox holes filling in as fast as they could shovel the sand out.
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