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Okinawa the Last Battle

Okinawa the Last Battle

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Published by Bob Andrepont
United States Army history of the Battle of Okinawa.
United States Army history of the Battle of Okinawa.

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Feb 07, 2011
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On 3 October 1944 American forces in the Pacific Ocean Areas received a
directive to seize positions in the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei Shoto). Okinawa is
the most important island of the Ryukyu Group, the threshold of the four main
islands of Japan. The decision to invade the Ryukyus signalized the readiness of
the United States to penetrate the inner ring of Japanese defenses. For the enemy,
failure on Okinawa meant that he must prepare to resist an early invasion of the
homeland or surrender.

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