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American Strategy


Japanese Strategy

    General Kuribayashi ordered his men to create a network of trenches beneath the surface of the island. He also told them that counter attacks would be limited, as they would expedite the depletion of his resources. The soldiers were told the there survival was not likely and that their goal was to kill ten Americans for every Japanese Soldier that died. General Kuribayashi's decision to dig these trenches was a mistake. During the battle 675 pound spigot mortars came crashing down on the trenches, allowing the Americans to enter the trenches. Once they were in they opened fire and took the lives of thousands of Japanese soldiers.

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