IWO JIMA CAMPAIGN: A US MODEL RELIEF MAP OF IWO JIMA USED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, FEBRUARY 1945 70.5 x 39in (179 x 99cm)

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IWO JIMA CAMPAIGN: A US MODEL RELIEF MAP OF IWO JIMA USED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, FEBRUARY 1945
70.5 x 39in (179 x 99cm)

Sold for US$ 11,250 inc. premium
IWO JIMA CAMPAIGN: A US MODEL RELIEF MAP OF IWO JIMA USED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, FEBRUARY 1945
A topographical relief map of Iwo Jima in painted sponge, highly detailed and with the airfields and Mount Suribachi clearly visible, and the contours of the land plotted out. Mounted in a horizontal wooden frame, light cracking to the surface.

One of originally several hundred special relief models, made up from photo reconnaissance taken in June 1944, to plot and plan the Iwo Jima campaign. It is likely that every capital ship offshore and many planning rooms in Guam and elsewhere had a relief map such as this in the days running up to the invasion. The fragility of the construction and the complete obsoleteness of its use by March 1945, meant that most have been destroyed many decades ago. We have found one other similar model. Despite the careful planning of the campaign to capture the small island and its two airfields, the Battle for Iwo Jima was initially something of a disaster. Tt had been planned that the island would be taken in 3-5 days, but the rugged defence by the 21,000 Japanese defenders under their Commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi, kept the overpowering force of 110,000 marines at bay for over a month.
70.5 x 39in (179 x 99cm)
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