Operation Detachment, the US invasion of Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, was the first campaign on Japanese soil and resulted in some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific. If you truly want to understand what happened and why - read Battle Story.
Detailed profiles explore the leaders, tactics and equipment of the US and Japanese armies
Nine specially commissioned maps track the progress of the battle and the shifting frontlines
Rare photographs place you in the centre of the unfolding action
Diary extracts and quotes give you a soldier's eye-view of the battle
Orders of Battle reveal the composition of the opposing forces' armies
Packed with fact boxes, this short introduction is the perfect way to explore this important battle
ANDREW RAWSON is a freelance writer who has written several books, covering campaigns from the Napoleonic Wars, World War I and World War II, including Battle Story: the Battle of the Bulge, British Army Handbook 1914-1918, Vietnam War Handbook, The Third Reich 1919-1939 and Eyes Only: The Top Secret Correspondence between Marshall and Eisenhower. He has a master's degree from Birmingham University's history department.show more