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John Wayne didn’t serve in World War II, however Duke sought to make up for it by starring in lots of patriotic navy motion pictures for the remainder of his life, together with one set throughout D-Day.

One of those shot shortly after the battle was 1949’s Sands of Iwo Jima; a movie that adopted a gaggle of US Marines from coaching to combating the Japanese.

The Battle of Iwo Jima was a significant battle within the early months of 1945 that lasted 5 weeks and noticed among the bloodiest combating of the Pacific War. Around 18,000 Japanese of the 21,000 stationed there and virtually 7000 Americans have been killed.

The Oscar-nominated basic is streaming free of charge on Channel 4 for the following couple of days earlier than leaving the service.

So for those who’re within the UK it’s accessible only for the remainder of this weekend. Check out some fascinating trivia from the movie under.

Wayne really turned down Sands of Iwo Jima at first since he was already 42 and felt he was to previous for the a part of Sgt John M Stryker.

At one level Kirk Douglas was into consideration for the function earlier than director Allan Dwan realised he might get Duke.

After the movie’s success, together with Wayne’s first Best Actor Oscar nomination, he was invited to mark his fist and footprints within the pavement outdoors Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Black sand from Iwo Jima was flown over to Los Angeles particularly to be combined into the cement. It’s there to this present day.

Sands of Iwo Jima recreates the long-lasting flag-raising {photograph} from the battle, with the three surviving males who did it making a cameo on this scene when instructed to hoist the Stars and Stripes by Wayne.

In reality. the flag used on this scene was the precise one raised on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, on mortgage from the US Marine Corps Museum.