BackgroundWho: U.S. vs. JapanWhen: April 1945 - July 1945Where: Okinawa - the largestof the Ryukyus Islands at thesouthern tip of JapanThe Battle of Okinawa waspart of a plan the Americanshad for winning the war in theFar East-U.S.A needed a baseto stage an invasion onJapanese mainland
Course of BattleThe scheduled attack on Okinawa was April 1st, 1945; same day asfirst landing of Marines on Japanese soilThe XIV Corps ran into the Machinato line on April 4th--> on April24th, the Machinato line was breachedBy April 20th, Japanese resistance had been removed from the north ofthe islandUshijima called for a counter-attack on May 3rd (failed) --> by May21st, Ushijima ordered his men to pull back from the Shuri lineOn July 2nd, Okinawa was declared secure by the Americans
Outcome- U.S.A7,373 men killed and 32,056wounded on land5,000 men killed and 4,600wounded at sea
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