Map It! Okinawa

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    War Documentary hosted by Stephen Rashbrook , published by History Channel broadcasted as part of HC The Lost Evidence series in 2005 - English narration

    December 7, 1941--"a date which will live in infamy." The unprovoked attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor is a turning point in history. It propelled the United States into World War II and ultimately led to America's emergence as a military superpower. THE LOST EVIDENCE offers an unprecedented view of the attack. Aerial photographs taken of Pearl Harbor and the Hawaiian Island of Oahu are layered over a 3-D contour map to create an extraordinarily accurate CGI model, and interviews with men who were there help tell the tale.

    The first U.S. offensive of the Pacific War saw inexperienced U.S. troops facing an entrenched and experienced enemy. On August 7, 1942, more than 19,000 Marines invaded Guadalcanal with orders to seize and hold the tropical island. In the first US offensive of the Pacific War, these young Americans took on the seemingly invincible Japanese and fought a series of bitter battles.

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      War Documentary hosted by Stephen Rashbrook , published by History Channel broadcasted as part of HC The Lost Evidence series in 2005 - English narration

      December 7, 1941--"a date which will live in infamy." The unprovoked attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor is a turning point in history. It propelled the United States into World War II and ultimately led to America's emergence as a military superpower. THE LOST EVIDENCE offers an unprecedented view of the attack. Aerial photographs taken of Pearl Harbor and the Hawaiian Island of Oahu are layered over a 3-D contour map to create an extraordinarily accurate CGI model, and interviews with men who were there help tell the tale.

      The first U.S. offensive of the Pacific War saw inexperienced U.S. troops facing an entrenched and experienced enemy. On August 7, 1942, more than 19,000 Marines invaded Guadalcanal with orders to seize and hold the tropical island. In the first US offensive of the Pacific War, these young Americans took on the seemingly invincible Japanese and fought a series of bitter battles.

      Summary:  The battle of Okinawa, also known as Operation Iceberg, took place in April-June 1945. It was the largest amphibious landing in the Pacific theater of World War II. It also resulted in the largest casualties with over 100,000 Japanese casualties and 50,000 casualties for the Allies. This article gives an account of the 80 day plus battle for the Island of Okinawa which some have described as the “typhoon of steel”.

      Although the Japanese commanders counted 155,000 defenders, of whom 100,000 were soldiers of Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima’s Thirty-second Army, the rest were of widely mixed abilities, and there were not nearly enough troops to cover the ground the way 23,000 troops had covered Iwo Jima. Therefore the forces on Okinawa were concentrated in a number of sectors that offered the best prospects for a robust, attritional defense. The northern half of the island was virtually conceded, and the south was turned into four extremely tough hedgehog defense sectors. The proportion of artillery and mortars to infantry was the highest encountered in the Pacific War.

      Immediate objectives were Yontan and Kadena airfields, in the IIIAC and XXIV Corps zones, respectively. As soon as these airfields could be brought to operational status, combat-support aircraft would operate from them. Also, many aircraft carriers would remain on station off Okinawa for as long as their air groups were needed. The land-based component was a Marine command named the Tactical Air Force and consisting of several Marine air groups of fighters and light bombers. Marine fighter squadrons based aboard fleet carriers and several new Marine carrier air groups (fighters and torpedo bombers) based aboard escort carriers would be available throughout the land operation.

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