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To The Shores of Iwo Jima


Technicolor WWII documentary

To the Shores of Iwo Jima is a 1945 in film Kodachrome color short war film produced by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. It documents the Battle of Iwo Jima, and was the first time that American audiences saw in color the footage of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.


The film follows the servicemen through the battle in rough chronological order, from the bombardment of the island by warships and carrier-based airplanes to the final breakdown of resistance. Although it shows the taking of Mount Suribachi, it then switches to the footage of the second flag raising.
The film ends by acknowledging the 4,000 who had died in the month-long battle, and tells the audience that their deaths were not in vain, showing a bomber aircraft taking off from the island for a mission over Japan.

Production notes

Four cameramen, including William Genaust, who shot the flag raising sequence, died bringing this footage to the public. Ten were wounded.

Award nominations

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.< name="NY Times"></>


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See also

  • List of Allied Propaganda Films of World War 2
  • List of films in the public domain

Category:1945 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:American documentary films
Category:Battle of Iwo Jima films
Category:American World War II propaganda shorts
Category:United States Marine Corps in popular culture

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