On this part of Iwo Jima, the ground literally gurgled with
heat emanating from underground fissures and crevices. These terrain features emitted blistering heat and
sulphurous fumes. Of all the terrain on Iwo Jima, the northern end of the island was the most fiendish in terms
of its natural defenses against encroachment from the outside. Past upheavals in the islands thin volcanic crust
littered the zone with hundreds of massive sandstone buttes surrounded by a carpet of loose stones. The
Japanese dug countless caves in this area, connecting them by tunnels extending several hundred yards in all
directions. To approach this position, there would be no basic alteration in strategy or tactics. The battle would
be continued in the same head-on fashion heretofore executed to remove the Japanese enemy from their holes.
On this day, another battle would be waged amidst the incredible jumble of stone; this day the Marines fought to survive. . .
Attacker: American (USMC) (Elements II/21st Infantry regt, 5th Infantry Division)
Defender: Japanese (General Kuribayashi's Island Defenders)