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W. Eugene Smith
Marines Blow Up a Blockhouse on Iwo Jima
1945, 9 April (publication)
Gelatin silver print
W. Eugene Smith/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, 50625423
In one of the most starkly violent cover photos in LIFE's long history, Marines take cover on a hillside as a Japanese blockhouse, or above-ground bunker, explodes during fighting on Iwo Jima.