The New York Times
February 25, 1945
The Mitchell Archives is very proud to present an original issue of the famous New York Times that published a front page printing of certainly the single-most recognized World War II photograph. Entitled “Old Glory Goes Up Over Iwo,” it shows members of the Fifth Marine Division raising the American Flag over Mount Suribachi. In the superb motion picture, “Flags of Our Fathers,” a replica of this newspaper was prominently featured.
The bold headlines in this issue read: “MARINES WIN HALF OF IWO’S CENTRAL AIRFIELD….JAPANESE OVERRUN…Marines Smash Through Maze of Defenses in Bloody Iwo Battle….REACH PLATEAU’S TOP….” The exciting details of the treacherous fighting continue to page 28 which also publishes a large map of the volcanic island showing the extent of the Americans’ advance.
This is the complete newspaper printed on enduring white rag paper with a printing of no more than 100 issues in 1945. Very difficult to locate and a must for any fine WWII collection. Semper Fi!
Full width banner headline, “PACIFIC BATTLE CONCLUDED.” Front page headlines, a map of the area and details of the naval fight which virtually turned the tide of the war against Japan. I love the superb photograph of Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Subheads: “JAPANESE REPORTED WITHDRAWING. BULK OF JAP SEAPOWER INVOLVED.” The stirring news on the front page, in part,“The triumphant United States Navy continued to deal fire and steel vengeance to the remnants of a powerful Japanese force from the opening attack on Midway Wednesday until contact was lost with the fleeing enemy. The battle came just six months after Japan’s sneak attack on Hawaii. Admiral Nimitz, earlier had reported the sinking of two and perhaps three Japanese aircraft carriers and the destruction or damage of 11 to 13 other enemy warships. He added, also significantly, that all the planes on the two definitely sunken carriers were lost; that one or two other enemy carriers were damaged (they, too, were actually sunk!) and most of their aircraft gone.”
For WWII reading buffs, there is also news that the British were driving back Gen. Rommel’s (the “Desert Fox”) tanks in the N. Africa. And this “loaded” issue even has headlines from the Russian Front where Germany was bogged down in a desperate conflict with Stalin’s forces.
Superb condition, except previous owner cut out several comic strips. I would recommend this issue be framed for an office or den. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen the major motion picture “MIDWAY” starring Charlton Heston!
Columbia, South Carolina
May 1, 1942
In a war broadcast to the Soviet people, Premier Josef Stalin pledged that Russia had no territorial ambitions upon foreign countries, and declared that the Soviet Union’s sole aim during World War II was to liberate its lands from the “German Fascist Blackguards.” The Russian dictator also praised the United States and England for the increasing assistance against Hitler and the invading German Army. History has shown us that this was one of the greatest lies ever told as Stalin gobbled up Eastern European nations and part of Germany after the war.
Complete paper in fine condition, a few inside comic strips cut out long ago. It’s one of my very favorite papers–the audacity of this megalomaniac is stupendous!