The Battle of Okinawa World War II

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The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific arena of World War II. The Allies planned to use Okinawa as a base of operations for an invasion of the Japanese mainland. The battle was considered to be one of the bloodiest in the Pacific. The number of casualties sustained by US forces compelled American strategists to seek another way to defeat the Japanese rather than invade the main island.  

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