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The Greatest Battles in History: The Battle of Okinawa (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes historic pictures of the fighting.
*Includes pictures of important people, places, and events.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

"If you die there will be no one left who knows the truth about the battle of Okinawa. Bear the temporary shame but endure it. This is an order from your army Commander." - Mitsuru Ushijima to Colonel Hiromichi Yahara.

Near the end of 1944, as Allied forces were pushing across the Pacific and edging ever closer to Japan, plans were drawn up to invade the Ryuku islands, the most prominent of them being Okinawa. Military planners anticipated that an amphibious campaign would last a week, but instead of facing 60,000 Japanese defenders as estimated, there were closer to 120,000 on the island at the beginning of the campaign in April 1945. The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious operation in the Pacific theater, and it would last nearly 3 months and wind up being the fiercest in the Pacific theater during the war, with nearly 60,000 American casualties and over 100,000 Japanese soldiers killed. In addition, the battle resulted in an estimated 40,000-150,000 Japanese civilian casualties.

Okinawa witnessed every conceivable horror of war both on land and at sea. American ground forces on Okinawa had to deal with bad weather (including a typhoon), anti-tank moats, barbed wire, mines, caves, underground tunnel networks, and fanatical Japanese soldiers who were willing to use human shields while fighting to the death. Allied naval forces supporting the amphibious invasion had to contend with Japan’s notorious kamikazes, suicide pilots who terrorized sailors as they frantically tried to shoot down the Japanese planes before they could hit Allied ships. As one sailor aboard the USS Miami recalled, "They came in swarms from all directions. The barrels of our ship's guns got so hot we had to use firehoses to cool them down." As The Marine Corps Gazette noted, “More mental health issues arose from the Battle of Okinawa than any other battle in the Pacific during World War II. The constant bombardment from artillery and mortars coupled with the high casualty rates led to a great deal of men coming down with combat fatigue. Additionally the rains caused mud that prevented tanks from moving and tracks from pulling out the dead, forcing Marines (who pride themselves on burying their dead in a proper and honorable manner) to leave their comrades where they lay. This, coupled with thousands of bodies both friend and foe littering the entire island, created a scent you could nearly taste. Morale was dangerously low by the month of May and the state of discipline on a moral basis had a new low barometer for acceptable behavior. The ruthless atrocities by the Japanese throughout the war had already brought on an altered behavior (deemed so by traditional standards) by many Americans resulting in the desecration of Japanese remains, but the Japanese tactic of using the Okinawan people as human shields brought about a new aspect of terror and torment to the psychological capacity of the Americans.”

Given the horrific nature of the combat, and the fact that it was incessant for several weeks, it’s no surprise that Okinawa had a profound psychological effect on the men who fought, but it also greatly influenced the thinking of military leaders who were planning subsequent campaigns, including a potential invasion of the Japanese mainland. The fighting at places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa went a long way toward swaying the beliefs of American military advisors that invading Japan itself would cause millions of casualties, which ultimately helped compel President Truman to use the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an effort to end the war before having to attempt such an invasion.


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  • Verlag: Charles River Editors (16. April 2014)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Learn The Salient Points of one of the Great WWII Battles for Okinawa, Signifying the End of Japan's Imperial Regime 1. Mai 2014
Von C. William Anderson @theseinspire - Veröffentlicht auf
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At 69 pages, this is a fairly quick read, but is still sufficient in detail to be considered comprehensive.

Of late I have become a dedicated reader of Charles Rivers Editors publications. A few of them are a tad short and, dare I say, superfluous, booklets that provide little more than lists of movies this legend or that appeared in, with a brief on their scandalous behaviors.

Most, though, especially the booklets on Mosby and Quantrill, go into more detail and giv readers a sense of, you-are-there.

Their coverage of battles, however, are even more thorough. This booklet, goes well beyond any other of their commute booklets. I strongly recommend those interested in history, or in World War II, or anyone wondering as to why President Truman used atomic bombs to conclude the war with Japan, read The Greatest Battles in History: The Battle of Okinawa. It'll take an hour or two, but will benefit you far more than will a similar time guzzling beer or watching TV Reruns.

Oh, and if, like me, your father or grandfather, or a family friend, served time
In fighting The Battle of Okinawa, you're likely to find this history especially welcome.

Closing point: the people of Japan paid too stiff a price for their wayward regime, but, in my opinion, arose from the war to display the real greatness of their civilization. I hope one day soon, Charles Rivers Editors will follow up with a book on post-war Japan, one of humanity's greatest comeback's.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 8. Juli 2014
Von eric lindquist - Veröffentlicht auf
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not quite done yet but I do like it so far. most likely will finish tonight.
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Beginning of the End for the Japanese in WW 2 4. Juli 2014
Von Yazdi Malu - Veröffentlicht auf
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War in the pacific by the Allies was equally important and bloody. The Battle of Okinawa was a prelude to the invasion of Japan;
and noting the deadly outcome;decision was taken to use Nuclear weapon .
As always , Charles River Editors have succinctly but correctly described the battle . A Good Read,.
4.0 von 5 Sternen battle of Okinawa 30. Mai 2014
Von Diane Ca. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Again, Charles River you aced the hole with this book. It was very interesting, and I learned alot in a small amount of time
4.0 von 5 Sternen The deciding bloody battle of the Pacific War 30. Mai 2014
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It has been some time since I have read one of the many short novellas about key events in history. This one didn't disappoint me as it added something to my knowledge of world history.

Okinawa was the deciding battle in the Pacific war when the Japanese fought to the death to prevent a US invasion of the Japanese mainland. It was the fiercest battle in that war with nearly 60,000 US and over 100,000 Japanese soldiers killed. During the battle tens of thousands of Japanese civilians were also slaughtered. This battle also heralded the start of Kamikaze suicide attacks on US ships. It also heralded the start of the cult of suicide bombing for a cause that has been taken up by modern day terrorists.

The most important deciding impact of this fierce battle was a clear indication that hundreds of thousands on both sides would be killed if the US invaded the Japanese mainland and was a key element in President Truman's decision to use the Atomic Bomb. "More Japanese died on Okinawa than in both atomic bombings combined."

These short historical novellas are always a great, quick read to extend one's historical knowledge.
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