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Essay Battle of Okinawa

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Paragraph #1:The Battle of Okinawa has been called the largest sea-land-air battle in history. It is also the last battle of the Pacific War.The American attacking force consisted of 183,000 troops, and the navy force aided them. Okinawa was defended by 77,000 troops of Japanese. The battle lasted for over 3 months, with these conditions there where no time to move the dead, so came a lot of disease and unlikely creations along with dead.. More than 100,000 civilians had died during the fighting. Also the American casualties soared to 72,000 and with over 100,000 Japanese casualties also. The fighting that lasted over 3 months was very intense; the Americans forces had to go from cave to cave clearing out every inch of the island to defeat the Japanese.

 

Paragraph #2:The fierce resistance by the Japanese and the high casualty figures both military and civilian as well as all the damage done to the American fleet, were just one of the factors that made the decision to use the atomic bomb. The battle of Okinawa may have led the world into the Nuclear Age. But with all these conditions it was still up to us to use the atomic bomb or not. But it gave us the edge in war until the soviet union made theirs in 1949.

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Today in History: Defeat on Okinawa - Primary Source

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Today in History–June 21–the Library of Congress features the U.S. defeat of Japanese troops on Okinawa Island on this day in 1945. One of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II, the battle for Okinawa claimed somewhere around 12,000 American and 110,000 Japanese lives. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below …
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This picture shows where the army swept threw during the battle.

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Connection to today-Thousands Protest U.S. Okinawa Base

Tens of thousands of protesters formed a chain around a major U.S. air base today in a show of opposition to the American military presence in Japan.

The demonstration, timed to coincide with President Clinton’s visit to this weekend’s Group of Eight summit in Okinawa, taps into what U.S....
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Thousands of Japanese protests U.S. military presence on the island of Okinawa. The presence of the U.S. military makes many Japanese veterans mad about. They want that place be a memorial for all the people that have died there. There where many protesters of non-veteran status. They surrounded  the military base for 11 miles long however they where not successful.

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Website #1: Battle of Okinawa Video- Sec. Source 2

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Last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Okinawa campaign involved 287,000 U.S. Army troops against 130,000 Japanese soldiers.
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This video shows not much action about Okinawa, but it shows how the moved from place to place and how they took the island. It also has an interview with a survivor from the battle.The japanese had very heavy restistance toward the middle of the island. This was the bloodiest battle in the pacific. They gave this nickname for the battle of Okinawa "The typhoon of steel".

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Photos of the Battle of Okinawa- Primary source 2

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The pictures showed how gruesome and how long it will take to take over the island. It showed that they had to go from cave to cave just to clear the island. The battle lasted more than 40 days, that is how hard the Japanese where putting up such a fight.

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WWII Veteran Recalls Bloody Battle Of Okinawa- Connection to today 2

WWII Veteran Recalls Bloody Battle Of Okinawa- Connection to today 2 | Battle of Okinawa | Scoop.it
TheDailyTimes.com, updated by The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times daily with news, sports, records, obituaries, videos, entertainment, classified & retail ads, opinions, and business listings.
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The Battle of Okinawa lasted for 87 days and Irwin was in the throes of that conflict for all but those five days. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. Four divisions of the U.S. Army and two Marine divisions fought on the island.

The battle was code-named Operation Iceberg and lasted from early April to mid-June in 1945. It resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. American casualties were listed at more than 38,000, with 12,000 Americans killed. More than 100,000 Japanese soldiers lost their lives.

Irwin, who just turned 88, still recalls days of fierce fighting. He remembers one commanding officer’s request that he go out and bring in a Japanese prisoner.

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Battle of Okinawa- Sec. Source 3

The Marine Corps Association is the professional association for ALL Marines. The MCA publishes Leatherneck Magazine and the Marine Corps Gazette for the professional development and connectivity to the Corps for Marines - present, past, and future. The MCA also owns The Marine Shop, which supplies all the necessary uniforms and accessories for Marines, as well as other USMC products and gear.
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The Battle of Okinawa started on 23 March 1945 with all major combat operations ending on 23 June 1945. The island of Okinawa is located approximately 350 miles south of mainland Japan. It is the largest island in the Ryukyu Island chain. The strategic importance of this island can be explain by the importance of the airfields. In a time when an invasion of mainland Japan was necessary to end the war, Okinawa was an essential preparation ground and jumping-off point for the impending invasion. The island’s airfields were necessary to the launching of bombers and long-range escorts for the preparatory bombing for the land invasion of mainland Japan.

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Website #2: Battle of Okinawa

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Last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Okinawa campaign involved 287,000 U.S. Army troops against 130,000 Japanese soldiers.
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The battle of Okinawa is the last major battle for the pacific between America and Japan. The battle lasted around 30-40 days. The estimated cuasulties were very high around 20,000 all together from both sides and lots of people went missing. The sea was very intense from "Kamikaze fighters", ship to ship battles. The japanese defenses were very strong each one supported the other. Here is a breif discription of the defenses,

"A series of defense lines across the island, both north and south of the American landing beaches, enabled the Japanese to conduct a fierce defense of Okinawa over many weeks. Using pillboxes and strongpoints, caves, and even some ancient castles, the Japanese defense positions supported one another and often resisted even the most determined artillery fire or air strikes. Mounting few attacks themselves, the Japanese conserved their strength for this defense. Caves or pillboxes often had to be destroyed individually with dynamite charges."

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