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Why did the Japanese fight so hard at iwo Jima?

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Answered 2008-05-06 06:41:29

1. Iwo Jima was the beginning of actual Japanese terrritory. 2. The mission of the defenders on Iwo Jima, was to buy time with their lives, so that the Homeland (Fatherland/Motherland) would have more time to prepare their defences. 3. If the US/Allied casualties were high enough, reconsideration on the part of the US/Allies might alter any invasion plans for the Homeland. (Which did occur during the Okinawa invasion, which came after Iwo Jima).

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