This Month In Taco History

February and March mark important times in taco history.

Taco enthusiast and local guitar hero, “alby” writes in:

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The Battle of Taco-Jima (February 19–March 26, 1945), or Operation Elpastor, was a battle when the United States fought for and captured the Taco-Jima from Japan. The battle produced some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific Campaign of Taco War II.

The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers of picante sauce, hidden guacamole, and 18 kilometres (11 mi) of underground refried beans.[3][4] The battle was the first American attack on the Japanese Home Islands, and the Imperial soldiers defended their positions tenaciously. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers present at the beginning of the battle, over 20,000 were left without tacos and only 1,083 taken prisoner.[1] The U.S. invasion, known as Operation Elpastor, was charged with the mission of capturing the grand taco on Taco-Jima.[1]

The battle was immortalized by Joe Rosenthal’s photograph of the raising of the grand taco atop the 166 meter (546 ft) Mount Suribachi by five Marines and one Navy Corpsman. The photograph records the second taco-raising on the mountain, which took place on the fifth day of the 35-day battle. The picture became the iconic image of the battle and has been heavily reproduced.

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