“In the summer of 1945, U.S. leaders expected one million American soldiers would soon be dead or wounded.
Operation Downfall – the codename for the proposed amphibious invasion of Japan in 1945 – would have made the D-Day invasion of Normandy look like a cakewalk. The first phase – Operation Olympic, scheduled for November 1945 – called for seizing airfields on the southernmost Japanese island of Kyushu. Those airfields would have provided air cover for Operation Coronet, slated for March 1946, which would land Allied troops on the main island Honshu, for an assault on Tokyo that hopefully would compel Japan to surrender…”
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