Why was the “Battle of Iowa Jima ” a costly one for U.S.A ?

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Why was the “Battle of Iowa Jima ” a costly one for U.S.A ?

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  1. The “Battle of Iowa Jima ” a costly one for U.S.A because though the battle gave the U.S Air Force a base of 750 miles at Yokohama (Japan), it was at the cost of 19,938 American casualties.

    As per Wikipedia ” The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The American invasion, designated Operation Detachment, had the goal of capturing the entire island, including the three Japanese-controlled airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.

    After the heavy losses incurred in the battle, the strategic value of the island became controversial. It was useless to the U.S. Army as a staging base and useless to the U.S. Navy as a fleet base. However, Navy Seabees rebuilt the landing strips, which were used as emergency landing strips for USAAF B-29s.”

    Video On The Battle of Iwo Jima

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