Battle of Okinawa

April 1, 1945 - June 22, 1945

location of the battle and the nations fighting

The battle of Okinawa was fought in Okinawa, which is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands south of Japan. It was mostly between Japan (axis) and the United States (allies). The result was an Allied victory.

Causalities

Allies :

12,513 killed

38,916 wounded

33,096 non-combat losses

Total: 84,570


Axis :

About 95,000+ killed

7,400–10,755 captured

Total: 105,755+


Significance

This battle was one of the major wars in the Pacific. The Japanese felt this was either a do or die situation because if Americans claimed victory, they were going to be closer to Japan. This only gave the Japanese a firm defense, and they launched the suicidal kamikaze attacks. These attacks did a lot of damage to Americans, but didn't bring them to defeat. In the end it was an Allied victory, and the battle had turned into one of the bloodiest.


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