September 1995

World War Ii: 50 Years Ago: Approaching Showdown: the Planned Assault on Japan

Volume 78, Issue 9

Marines serving in the Pacific during May 8-9, 1945, took a dim view of the celebrations occurring throughout the free world at the news of Germany's surrender to the Allies (V-E Day). "As far as we were concerned, the European Theater was in another world," said one veteran of the First Marine Division then engaged in the bitter fighting on Okinawa. "Germany might just as well have been on the moon." No Marine who survived Iwo Jima or Okinawa expected anything but a bloodbath of epic proportions in the inevitable invasions to come of the Japanese home islands.

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