Monumentous & Incomparably Rare WW2 Secret Iwo Jima Aerial Reconnaissance Panel Photograph Collection


Historic and absolutely one-of-a-kind set of four (4) original World War 2 United States Forces ‘SECRET’ pre-invasion aerial reconnaissance panel photos of the southeastern beaches of the island of Iwo Jima.

Produced by the “Intelligence Section Amphibious Forces Pacific” from secret United States Navy photographic intelligence gathering flights conducted on 4 July 1944 – over the then Japanese held island of Iwo Jima.

Panel photos show various markings of intelligence information – most significant of which are the specifically designated beach codenames (RED 2, YELLOW 1, YELLOW 2, BLUE 1, & BLUE 2), which would be utilized by the United States Marine Corps as the primary landing areas for the amphibious assault on the island.

The photos contained in this set would have been created 7 months prior to the United States’ amphibious assault on Iwo Jima in February 1945 and would have provided the operational planners of the invasion with crucial photographic intelligence necessary for the success of the campaign to invade and secure the island.

Not only are these photos of paramount historical value unto themselves, but they also represent the progenitor of the myriad maps and charts produced in the pre-invasion planning stages of the Iwo Jima campaign – as these follow-on materials reference their production from these very photographs.

An unequalled collection of photographic artifacts to one of the most important battles in the history of the United States – the rarity and historical significance of which cannot be overstated!

(Photographs have been meticulously and professionally framed behind UV protective glass and mounted on acid-free matting. Framing was done in a such a way that the next caretaker could remove the photographs from the frame/matting without any potential damage to the artifacts.)

Approximate Measurements (framed/piece): 27″ x 19″

*Please note that photographs have been digitally watermarked for viewing on this site and watermarks are not present on the actual artifacts.

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