Episode 8: A Nightmare In Hell – Iwo Jima part 1

Iwo Jima – an eight-square-mile island transformed into a death trap. Literally, every square inch of the island spewed death. The whole rock was a front line. Join Chris and Luke as they take you, like a second Virgil, on a trip through a Nightmare in Hell – the battle of Iwo Jima. For months, the Japanese mastermind Tadamichi Kuribayashi turned the island into a factory of hell the marines dubbed “the meat grinder.” For months, the Americans returned the favor by shelling and bombing the island with impunity. Over 200,000 men participated in this battle. This is their story. We’ve made every attempt to let them speak for themselves.

The beer this show is Sapporo, 3 bullets out of 5.

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Battle Maps:

Map of Battlefield:


Please note this is a map of the battle plan. The map below shows how the battle actually progressed.


The yellow line in the above map shows the positions of marines at the end of d-day. Arrows show the lines of attack during the subsequent week.


Iwo Jima by Bill Ross

Into the Rising Sun edited by Patrick K. O’Donnell

Mishima by John Nathan

I was a Kamikaze by Ryuji Nagatsuka

Reaping the Whirlwind by Nigel Cawthorne

War without Mercy by John W. Dower

Hell in the Pacific by Jim McHenry and Bill Sloan

Sun and Steel by Yukio Mishima

War at Sea by Marcus Faulkner

The West Point Military Atlas of Modern War edited by Thomas E. Griess

The West Point Military History of The Second World War Asia and Pacific edited by Thomas E. Griess

Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo and William Scott Wilson (trans.)

A History of Japan by R. H. P. Mason and J. G. Caiger

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 by John Toland

The Second World War by John Keegan

Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change by Jeff Kingston

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