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Author Wheelan, Joseph, author.

Title Bloody Okinawa : the last great battle of World War II / Joseph Wheelan.

Publication Info. New York : Hachette Books, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    940.5425 WHE    DUE 06-21-22
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description vii, 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-396) and index.
Contents The enemy's doorstep -- L-Day -- The first defensive line -- The kamikazes -- Sinking the battleship Yamato -- The drive north and Ie Shima -- The April offensive -- The Shuri line -- The May mud offensive -- Red flood tide -- The Japanese retreat from Shuri -- The last ditch -- The Thirty-Second Army collapses -- The civilian tragedy -- The battle ends -- Dénouement.
Summary "On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, more than 184,000 US troops began landing on the only Japanese home soil invaded during the Pacific war. Just 350 miles from mainland Japan, Okinawa was to serve as a forward base for Japan's invasion in the fall of 1945. Nearly 140,000 Japanese and auxiliary soldiers fought with suicidal tenacity from hollowed-out, fortified hills and ridges. Under constant fire and in the rain and mud, the Americans battered the defenders with artillery, aerial bombing, naval gunfire, and every infantry tool. Waves of Japanese kamikaze and conventional warplanes sank 36 warships, damaged 368 others, and killed nearly 5,000 US seamen. When the slugfest ended after 82 days, more than 125,000 enemy soldiers lay dead--along with 7,500 US ground troops. Tragically, more than 100,000 Okinawa civilians perished while trapped between the armies. The brutal campaign persuaded US leaders to drop the atomic bomb instead of invading Japan."-- Dust jacket flap.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island.
Civilian war casualties -- Japan -- Okinawa Island.
Okinawa Island (Japan) -- History, Military.
ISBN 9780306903229

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