Island Hopping
Updated: 1/31/2020
Island Hopping
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  • *DEATH*
  • The US “island hopping” strategy targeted key islands and atolls to capture and equip with airstrips, bringing B-29 bombers within range of the enemy homeland.
  • With every beach came new terrain with unpredictable challenges, a firmly entrenched hidden enemy, and another desperate battle to establish one more foothold.
  • Japanese soldiers fought the island landings fiercely, killing many Allied soldiers and sometimes making desperate, last-ditch suicidal attacks.
  • On Okinawa alone, during 82 days of fighting, approximately 100,000 Japanese troops and 12,510 Americans were killed, and somewhere between 42,000 and 150,000 Okinawan civilians died as well.
  • At this point, U.S. forces were nearing their position for the next stage of their offensive against the Empire of Japan.
  • That's all folks
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