History of War Issue 78
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Published 20th February
While in the European theatre Hitler’s Third Reich was facing its final months of existence, the island-hopping campaign against Imperial Japan was still yet to reach its bloody climax. Iwo Jima was considered to be one of the last vital objectives before an invasion of the Home Islands could begin.
The five-week battle for this island fortress cost the lives of over 25,000 Japanese soldiers and US Marines. Seventy-five years on, the battle is a testament to the tenacity of the defenders, as well as the heroic endurance and skill of the Marines – captured in the iconic photo atop Mount Suribachi.
In History of War 78, you will find interviews with two Battle of Iwo Jima veterans. Medal of Honor recipient 'Woody' Williams describes his intense experience attacking Japanese bunkers with a flamethrower, while US Navy vetera Tom Price recalls witnessing the iconic raising of flag at Mount Suribachi.
Elsewhere in this issue, tank expert Craig Moore takes a look at the iconic StuG III, and explains how it was adapted and deployed in Finnish service during the country's war with the Soviet Union. This issue's Great Battles recounts the bloody jungle battle of Dak To, which saw the Airmobile infantry pitched against intense firefights against North Vietnamese forces, in the country's highlands.
Also in this issue, Professor William Philpott gives his expert verdict on the movie 1917; read about the first double Victoria Cross recipient; inside the ancient combat as Athens clashes with Sparta; plus events, books, films and the latest exhibitions reviewed.