On this day in history, April 1, 1945, US forces invade Okinawa, last major battle of World War II
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On this day in history, April 1, 1945, US forces invaded Okinawa, the last major battle of World War II. The invasion was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War, involving over 180,000 American troops, over 500 warships, and 4,000 aircraft.
The battle for Okinawa was a major turning point in the war. It was the first battle fought on Japanese soil, and it was also the last major battle of the war. The US forces faced stiff resistance from the Japanese forces, who were determined to defend the island to the death. The battle lasted for over two months, and resulted in over 100,000 Japanese casualties.
The US forces were ultimately successful in capturing the island, and the battle was a major victory for the Allies. The US forces were able to secure control of the island, and they used it as a staging ground for the invasion of Japan. Okinawa also served as a base of operations for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The battle of Okinawa was one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War, and it was a major turning point in the war. The US forces were able to secure control of the island, and it helped bring an end to the war in the Pacific. It was a major victory for the Allies, and it marked the beginning of the end for the Japanese forces.