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The Resource Two flags over Iwo Jima : solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment, Eric Hammel

Two flags over Iwo Jima : solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment, Eric Hammel

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Two flags over Iwo Jima : solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment
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Two flags over Iwo Jima
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solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment
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Eric Hammel
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Two flags over Iwo Jima
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solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps proudest moment
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eng
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The author presents his historical research into the people and events connected to the raising of two U.S. flags during the 28th Marine Regiment's fight for Mount Suribachi, part of the World War II battle for Iwo Jima
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  • In this meticulously researched volume, military historian Hammel (U.S. Marines at Khe Sanh) seeks the true story behind one of the most iconic images of American war history: the Pulitzer-winning photograph of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. (The exact circumstances and identities of the participants have long been unclear.) Drawing upon numerous historical records, Hammel reconstructs the days leading up to that event, as the 28th Marine Regiment struggled to take the strategic island from the Japanese, and the aftermath. There’s a wealth of details here; Hammel incorporates boxed mini biographies of the participants, such as Cpl. Dave Severance, who, given the choice of battalion assignments, chose the only one whose commander he knew nothing about; and civilian combat photographer Joe Rosenthal, rejected from the army’s photography program for poor eyesight, who took the legendary picture. The prose is a little dry, but Hammel expertly weaves all of these elements together to deliver an authoritative look at an event that has taken on a legendary status. “That moment on top of Mount Suribachi more than 70 years ago will still hold a special place in the hearts of Marines and in the history of the Corps regardless of who raised the flag,” he concludes, in this essential history for those wanting the truth behind the legend. Agent: Scott Meredith, Scott Meredith Literary. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/29/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 44, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A richly illustrated account of one of the most iconic moments in World War II. Military historian Hammel (War in the Western Pacific, 2014, etc.) begins with his own first awareness of Joe Rosenthal's famous photo of the flag-raising, which became the inspiration for the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture. In a brief prologue, the author tells how the flag came to be raised not once but twice. He then circles back to the battle, beginning with the decision to take the volcanic island, which would give the U.S. a base for its heavy bombers within striking distance of the enemy homeland as well as capturing an integral part of the Japanese empire, an important symbolic victory. Unlike other battles in which the Japanese fought in mass "banzai" attacks, their plan here was for tenacious defense from a well-designed series of bunkers and strongholds, a plan buttressed with major reinforcements until a month before the landing. In short, the Marines were in for a brutal ordeal. Hammel profiles the men and officers of Company E, the main body involved in the capture of the mountain, and then follows the course of the battle through the flag-raising and its aftermath. Some men died on the island, others survived the war, and a few were singled out as heroes because of their parts in the flag-raising, a role they neither sought nor enjoyed. But the identities of the men involved in the iconic event were never clear until well after the war. Hammel describes the way the image of the flag-raising became a symbol of the Marines and the way the survivors eventually tried to get the full story made part of the official record. He documents this effort by including the reports of the Huly Board, which determined the facts, and the detailed photographic evidence the board worked from. Ultimately, readers receive a unique view of a key battle and learn how, years later, the story was put into proper context. A must for World War II buffs. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2018)
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contains biographical information
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10734779
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Hammel, Eric M
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  • 940.54252
  • 940
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
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index present
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D767.99.I9
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H3555 2018
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Iwo Jima, Battle of (Japan : 1945)
  • Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
  • HISTORY / Asia
  • HISTORY / Military / United States
  • HISTORY / Military / World War II
  • HISTORY / United States
  • Japan
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solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment
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Two flags over Iwo Jima : solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment, Eric Hammel
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacarrier
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Contents
Before -- Invasion -- Operation Hot Rocks -- The first flag -- The second flag -- Cropping history -- Grinding forward -- After -- The mighty 7th -- Block -- What became of them -- The Irishman and the Omahan -- The Marines
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on1028209920
Dimensions
24 cm
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xv, 175 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781612006291
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, plates, maps
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(OCoLC)1028209920
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Two flags over Iwo Jima : solving the mystery of the U.S. Marine Corps' proudest moment, Eric Hammel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • text
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Before -- Invasion -- Operation Hot Rocks -- The first flag -- The second flag -- Cropping history -- Grinding forward -- After -- The mighty 7th -- Block -- What became of them -- The Irishman and the Omahan -- The Marines
Control code
on1028209920
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 175 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781612006291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, plates, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1028209920

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