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Hell to Pay Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-47

ISBN-10: 1591143160
ISBN-13: 9781591143161
Edition: 2009
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Description: This text presents a detailed examination of the strategic plans for a US invasion of Japan to end the war in the Pacific. Planning for Japan's invasion began in 1943, two years before the dropping of atom bombs. This book analyses the US strategy.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

This text presents a detailed examination of the strategic plans for a US invasion of Japan to end the war in the Pacific. Planning for Japan's invasion began in 1943, two years before the dropping of atom bombs. This book analyses the US strategy.

Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts & Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He has written acclaimed works of military history on World Wars I & II. He lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.

List of Illustrations
Foreword: "Three Colonels"
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Maximum "Bloodletting and Delay"
Spinning the Casualties
The First Army and Kwantung Redeployments
The Pacific Build-up and Berlin Decision
"Not a Recipe for Victory"
The Decision
Japanese Defense Plans
"Victory Might Be Salvaged"
The "Manpower Box"
Mistakes and Misperceptions
What Is Defeat?
The Amphibious Operation
On the Ground
Unexamined Factors
A "Target-Rich Environment"
Half a Million Purple Hearts
"Punishment from Heaven"
G-2 Estimate of Enemy Situation on Kyushu, U.S. Sixth Army, August 1, 1945
G-2 Analysis of Japanese Plans for the Defense of Kyushu, U.S. Sixth Army, December 31, 1945
Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender Issued at Potsdam, July 26, 1945 (Potsdam Declaration)
Extract from a Letter Written by James Michener, October 20, 1995
Notes
Index

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