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While the largest of these numbers are inflated to

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Unformatted text preview: step in the war was to invade the Japanese mainland and subdue the Japanese military and population. Several different estimations of the death tolls for this venture have been given and used by American politicians, some going as high as a million American casualties. While the largest of these numbers are inflated to promote certain agendas, there is no concrete number needed to assert that the campaign into Japan would have been bloody and gruesome beyond anything that had already been seen in the war. The first number that President Truman used to justify the bombs was 250,000 American casualties, dead and wounded (Goodheart 139). Because this is the lowest and most realistic number given, I will use it as reference in the future. Given the already high amount of casualties already accrued before even reaching the Japanese mainland, along with the stubborn fortitude that the Japanese soldiers had already displayed, the tenacity of the Japanese during the coming invasion was predicted to be monstrous. In an excerpt from Paul Fussell’s Thank God for the Atom Bomb, he quotes Private Eugene Sledge’s testimony in his book With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa: What we had experienced in fighting the Japs (pardon the expression) on Peleliu and Okinawa caused us to formulate some very definite opinions that the invasion would be a ghastly bloodletting… [Every Japanese] solider, civilian, woman, and child would fight to the death with whatever weapons they had, rifle, grenade, or bamboo spear (Fussell 16 ­17). The difficulty of the invasion was known by every soldier who was to be part of it and very few thought that there was a possibility that they would survive. Nation ­ wide kamik...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2013 for the course PSC 342 taught by Professor Denton during the Winter '13 term at DePaul.

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