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... would hold off hundreds of soldiers at a time. Despite the large casualties, America was able to split the island into two sections. On the second day, the Americans attacked Mount Suribachi, a key strategic position on Iwo Jima. The Americans would slowly take over the island. After a horrifying month on the island, the Americans surrounded the Japanese in the most northerly corner of the island. On March 16th, the island was captured by the Americans. After the bloody fight the Americans lost 6891 men, this was little compared to the Japanese. Out of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers, only 212 were taken prisoner. From this battle, the Americans learnt how the Japanese fought, many horrifying stories of inhumane tortures or brutal killings were told by American soldiers. These stories fueled the hatred to Japan and made the decision to drop the atomic bombs much easier.
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