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VICTORY JAPAN | SERIES INTRODUCTION

August 1945: After years of 'leapfrogging,' Allied forces close in

A day after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. declared war on Japan, starting a nearly four-year campaign in places most Americans had never heard of. The conflict would end in stunning fashion, with the only two atomic bombs ever used in war. But in the early months of the conflict, the outlook for the Allies looked bleak.

TIMELINE | From sprawling empire to crushing defeat in 40 years

 


VICTORY JAPAN | MAJOR EVENTS IN THE PACIFIC THEATER

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VICTORY JAPAN | STARS AND STRIPES REPORTING FROM OKINAWA, 1945

Stars and Stripes presents these archive reports as they were written by the reporters in the field. The graphic and politically incorrect language used may be offensive to some readers. Researchers Norio Muroi and Catharine Giordano contributed to this archive collection.

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FEATURE REPORT | BLOODY OKINAWA

The bloody battle for Okinawa: Veterans recall the luck, grit that got them through

The Battle of Okinawa is one of the bloodiest and most tragic chapters of the Pacific war, claiming the lives of 110,000 Japanese troops, 140,000 Okinawan civilians and 12,520 American servicemembers. It’s etched in the memory of every survivor. Though their numbers are dwindling — most are in their early 90s — they all have stories to tell, including the moral quandaries they faced.


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