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Japan Surrenders Okinawa to the US - 1945

Thursday, June 21, 2007

On 21st June 1945 Japanese troops surrendered the Pacific Island of Okinawa to the United States after one of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II. An estimated 150,000 civilians died during the almost 3 month long battle, many via mass suicide or at the hands of their own army.

The first 2 videos below are all original footage taken during battle and depict the Japanese view of the battle. Warning: includes some graphic scenes of death and what "appears" to be a war crime, where an injured and unarmed solidier is shot.

Battle of Okinawa pt.1
Filmed from Japanese point of view

Battle of Okinawa pt.2
Filmed from Japanese point of view

American Newsreel Report On The Start Of The Battle For Okinawa

This is a very detailed 105 minute UK documentary about the battle for Okinawa

Battlefield - Destination Okinawa

Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11

Kamikaze attacks against the US fleet off Okinawa created so many American casualties the assault was almost halted before it began.

Kamikaze Attacks on US fleet off Okinawa

Kamikaze Boats Subs and Planes

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