• 77 years ago, the US's largest invasion in the Pacific may have prevented an even bigger fight with the Japanese

    10 days ago - By Business Insider

    US Marines during fighting at Wana Ridge on Okinawa, May 1945. US Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Walter F. Kleine
    In spring 1945, the US island-hopping campaign was drawing closer to the Japanese mainland.
    US commanders were thinking about an invasion of Japanese itself, and invading Okinawa was seen as a prelude.
    The fanatical resistance and appalling casualties on Okinawa made clear what awaited them.
    By mid-March 1945, the Allies were closing in on the Japanese home islands. Allied forces were well into the process of liberating the Philippines. Japan's navy had suffered a string of disastrous...
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