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Junglemike wrote:According to a captured war-trophy map, the radar on Hill 382 was powered by a 15 kilowatt generator. I'm sure the radar mast could have been destroyed by aerial bombing or by the pre-invasion shelling. I don't know if it would have survived all that to be destroyed by pre-assault prep artillery, either navy or marine. I would guess the bike power could have run emergency radio or lights.
sonofsamphm1c wrote:It could also suggest Iwo had little military usefulness to either the Japanese or the US, and which would fit into why it was consistently rejected as an objective by US planners until it became valuable as a bargaining chip between the various agendas on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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