The Pacific

Gen. Douglas MacArthur wades ashore during initial landings at Leyte, Philippine Islands.  October, 1944

Courtesy: W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

In a picture that captures the violence and sheer destruction inherent in war perhaps more graphically than any other ever published in LIFE, Marines take cover on an Iwo Jima hillside amid the burned-out remains of banyan jungle, as a Japanese bunker is obliterated in March 1945.