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W. Eugene Smith 
Marines Blow Up a Blockhouse on Iwo Jima 
[Saipan] 
1945, 9 April (publication) 
  
Gelatin silver print 
LIFE 
W. Eugene Smith/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, 50625423 
  
 
LL/32134 
  
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. 
 

 
  
 
  
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