A Night Fighter's Diary: My Most Exciting Night As Commanding Officer of Marine Night Fighter Squadron 533-The Okinawa Campaign
The battle for Okinawa, Operation Iceberg, was the largest and most costly battle of the Pacific theater in World War II. It also was the final battle. Strategically critical for the Nippon militarists, the Ryukyu Islands are situated only 350 miles from Kyushu, southernmost home island of Japan.
Japanese Imperial Order 82: Garrison will fight to the Death.
Invasion date: Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945 - code name "Love Day."
It has now been 54 bloody days . . . and agonizing nights of deadly combat.
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