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Fighting on Okinawa intensifies as the Japanese begin their retreat. Enemy forces on the island of Borneo send hundreds of Australian and British soldiers on a death march across the island... See full summary »
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William Atwater William Atwater ... Self
Thomas A. Begay Thomas A. Begay ... Self
Alan Brinkley Alan Brinkley ... Self
Donald Dencker Donald Dencker ... Self
Tom Dennis Tom Dennis ... Self
Robert Fike Robert Fike ... Self
Linda Goetz Holmes Linda Goetz Holmes ... Self
Max Hastings ... Self
William Joyce William Joyce ... Self (archive sound)
Roger Neighborgall Roger Neighborgall ... Self
Geoffrey Perry Geoffrey Perry ... Self
Maria Platinov Maria Platinov ... Self
Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes ... Self
Kerry Smith Kerry Smith ... Self
Greg Stebner Greg Stebner ... Narrator
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Fighting on Okinawa intensifies as the Japanese begin their retreat. Enemy forces on the island of Borneo send hundreds of Australian and British soldiers on a death march across the island, while US forces continue to wipe out scattered opposition on the Philippines. In Europe, British troops oversee the transfer of thousands of Nazi sympathizers from Russia to Yugoslavia. And the continent's food shortage is now a top priority in Washington. Written by Anonymous

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Seventy-Two Days.
1 March 2017 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

When the unopposed landings of Marines and soldiers took place on Okinawa, authorities estimated a brief fight. It took 72 days, an appalling number of American lives, and the live of the highest ranking American officer in World War II, General Simon Bolivar Buckner. Virtually all of the 100,000 Japanese defenders died, including the commander, General Ushijima, by agonizing ritual suicide. One third of the civilian population died. But the island finally fell, the last land assault of the war.

In previous island assault, the number of Japanese deaths had far outweighed those of the Americans, but on Okinawa the ratio is nearly one to one. The irony is sublime. At that moment, the politicians and military figures in Washington are deciding whether or not to drop atomic bombs on Japana in order to save lives. The fierce combat on Okinawa influenced their decision. Based on that experience, Allied casualties in a full-fledged landing on the Japanese home islands were estimated at half a million to a million. It was a no-brainer as far as Truman was concerned.

In Europe, the Nazis were through, except those who had escaped to Spain or South America. If they were scientists in Russian hands, they were brought to Moscow. If they fell into American hands they were flown to the states and eventually settled in and around the upper Midwest after contributing what they could to rocket science. The UN was created in San Francisco, but Poland remained a problem. The USSR treated the Poles brutally and wanted it as a buffer state against future incursions from the West. They got it, too.


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