4TH Marine Division Operation Plan Number 49-44
MARINE DIV (4TH) NEW ORLEANS LA
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IWO JIMA is reported to be defended by a force of approximately 12,000-14,000. This includes Inf, Arty, Engrs, and airbase Pers. It is believed that the enemy plans to defend the island with at least six Inf Bns disposed as a perimeter defense, with possibly three Inf Bns centrally located to be used as a strong mobile Res. These Trs may be expected to defend w0o JIMA with the same fanatical spirit which has been displayed in every area where the enemy has been encountered. b Due to the proximity of the JAPANESE EMPIRE, air Atks can be expected at any time. An attempted naval intervention with surface or sub-surface vessels is also possible.
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