Constructing the Past

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The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the most horrific battles in U.S. military history. It has generally been accepted as necessary to lead to the final defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II. Recently, Mark Grimsley and Robert Burrell have proposed that the battle was not necessary to defeat Japan. In the following paper I will debate both sides of the argument and come to a final conclusion regarding whether or not the Battle of Iwo Jima was necessary and justifiable.