Images of War, The Battle of Okinawa 1945, The Pacific War’s Last Invasion, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

This new addition to the very popular Images of War series provides a graphic account of the final Pacific War invasion as Allied troops reached the Japanese home islands. The battle for Okinawa became a costly war of attrition but the Allies triumphed and the cost encouraged the use of two nuclear weapons to avoid an even costlier total victory. – Strongly Recommended

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NAME: Images of War, The Battle of Okinawa 1945, The Pacific War's Last 
Invasion, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2835
AUTHOR: Jon Diamond
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 229
PRICE: £15.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War II, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, 
Pacific Theatre, island hopping, amphibious assault, battle of attrition, home 
islands, USMC, landing craft, armour, air power

ISBN: 1-52672-600-9

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DESCRIPTION:   This new addition to the very popular Images of War series 
provides a graphic account of the final Pacific War invasion as Allied troops 
reached the Japanese home islands. The battle for Okinawa became a costly 
war of attrition but the Allies triumphed and the cost encouraged the use of 
two nuclear weapons to avoid an even costlier total victory. - Strongly 
Recommended

The major contribution of the battle for Okinawa was that it provided the 
justifications for using nuclear weapons on Japanese targets to force a surrender. 
The combined cost in Allied and Japanese lives on Okinawa and the lost of life to 
nuclear explosions in the two targeted Japanese cites has been estimated to have 
saved three times as many lives that would have been the cost of invading every 
Japanese island. The taking of Okinawa did not in itself provide much material gain for the Allies. It did not provide bases for bombers as a major advance over what was already available from seizing other islands earlier. It might have provided some advantage as  a launching base for landings on other Japanese islands, but it would have required time to enhance facilities to make that useful contribution.

The selection of images provides coverage of all of the aspects of the battle on land, at sea and from the air. There is good captioning and concise text in introduction to each section of images. A very useful book for enthusiasts and novices alike.