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

Wheelan, Joseph, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Fertile Public Library 940.5425 WHE (Text) 33500013223227 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0306903229
  • ISBN: 9780306903229
  • Physical Description: vii, 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2020.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-396) and index.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Author Notes

Joseph Wheelan is the author of nine previous books, including the highly-acclaimed books Terrible Swift Sword and Midnight in the Pacific. Before turning to writing books full time, Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for twenty-four years. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Japan > Okinawa Island.
Civilian war casualties > Japan > Okinawa Island.
Okinawa Island (Japan) > History, Military.
World War (1939-1945)
Civilian war casualties.
Military campaigns.
Japan > Okinawa Island.
Genre: Military history.

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