Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Boys Of H Company

H Company was made up mostly of 18 to 20 year old boys who had been training for this day for over a year. For most of them, Iwo Jima was their first time in combat. The boys knew little of the island. They had seen mock ups in briefings but nothing could have prepared them for what lay ahead on the black sand beaches of Iwo.

Iwo Jima was crucial to the US as an air base for long-range bombing missions against mainland Japan. The Japanese knew the island’s importance and spent years "digging in", preparing for the inevitable US attack.

It would take almost two months and over 60,000 troops to take the island and would leave us with one of the most memorable images of the war - the photograph of U.S. marines raising the flag over Mt. Suribachi, or 'Meatgrinder Hill'.

Through compelling first person accounts, dramatic recreations and archival footage, this intense docudrama follows in the boot steps of the boys of H Company as they fight one of the costliest battles in US History.


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