3) Iwoto was very significant for both the US a Japan in the war. For the US, it was an important stopping point to carry out big attacks on Japanese For Japan, on the other hand, losing Iwoto nd] cities. meant losing the base that protected the mainland. . It would lead to the exposure of unarmed citizens to fire and gunshot. 4) The number of Japanese soldiers in the battle there was 20,000, while American soldiers numbered 60,000. Whoever analyzed this war situation, the 10 difference was obvious and there was little chance of Japan winning the battle. The Japanese troops were sent to Iwoto(with)the sole aim of delaying US attacks on the Japanese mainland for as long as possible. 5) The American side was sure of the Japanese troops 15 being defeated within five days. However, contrary to their expectations, the battle continued for over one month. The number of American casualties there was about 28,000. This was the only case in which the loss of US troops exceeded that of the Japanese in 20 World War I.