Just 660 miles from Tokyo, the small Pacific island of Iwo Jima was vital to America's plan to defeat the Japanese in World War II. On February 19th 1945, the Marine Divisions stormed the islands heavily defended shores. Assault on Iwo Jima relives the epic battle that followed through recollections from the front, commentary from military historians and extensive footage. Operation Detachment was supposed to last three or four days. It turned into an epic 36 day struggle that saw nearly 28,000 soldiers lose their lives, 6,821 Americans and 21,000 Japanese. It remains the bloodiest battle in the history of the US Marine Corps. Contains incredible full colour footage of this epic struggle for victory. Hell's Volcano is the ultimate chronicle of the momentous battle. From the first mass landing of 30,000 Marines to finally flushing out the remaining Japanese defenders more than a month later. Go deep inside the defensive tunnels under Mount Suribachi that allowed the Japanese to hold out for so long. See incredible footage and hear chilling stories from the survivors. Contains amazing colour and black and white footage. From the planning of the assault to the vital role the island played in the bombing of Japan, this is the complete story of Iwo Jima.