Invasion Of Japan

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For more than a half century scholars and nonscholars alike have debated the ethics of dropping the atomic bomb, but rarely have they studied the American plan to invade Japan, the alternative to using the bomb to end the Second World War. Widely held beliefs about the strength of Japanese forces and the projected loss of American lives have been invoked to justify the decision to drop the bomb. John Ray Skates, however, argues that the invasion plan, code named Operation Downfall, until now has not been ...
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Overview


For more than a half century scholars and nonscholars alike have debated the ethics of dropping the atomic bomb, but rarely have they studied the American plan to invade Japan, the alternative to using the bomb to end the Second World War. Widely held beliefs about the strength of Japanese forces and the projected loss of American lives have been invoked to justify the decision to drop the bomb. John Ray Skates, however, argues that the invasion plan, code named Operation Downfall, until now has not been sufficiently studied to allow such a justification. In The Invasion of Japan he remedies that shortcoming and disputes many myths that have grown up around the plan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570033544
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations and Code Names
Introduction: The Concept of DOWNFALL 1
Ch. 1 Policies and Problems in the Pacific, 1940-43 9
Ch. 2 The Pacific Strategists 18
Ch. 3 Hard Strategic Decisions, 1943-44 33
Ch. 4 Blockade, Bombing, and Invasion 43
Ch. 5 U.S. Redeployment to the Pacific 61
Ch. 6 Casualties 74
Ch. 7 Special Weapons 84
Ch. 8 Ketsu-Go: Defense of the Homeland 100
Ch. 9 Defense of Kyushu and the Kanto Plain 118
Ch. 10 ULTRA and the Invasion 134
Ch. 11 Planning OLYMPIC 148
Ch. 12 OLYMPIC: The Forces 167
Ch. 13 OLYMPIC: The Assault 179
Ch. 14 Operation CORONET 199
Ch. 15 Allied Participation 219
Ch. 16 The Atomic Bomb and the Invasion 234
Conclusion 247
Bibliography 259
Index 265
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