Death Is Lighter Than a Feather
The Invasion of Japan
Codename Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan
Should the United States have used atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? This remains, to this day, one of the most controversial issues of the Second World War. Those who believe that the atomic bombs should not have been used, most often argue that Japan was close to the point of surrender anyway, while those who believe the use of atomic bombs was correct, usually point to the fanatical Japanese resistance in the Pacific campaign, and the expected massive casualties (both Allied and Japanese) that would have resulted from an invasion of the home islands.
This book offers a fresh perspective on this question, and some interesting insights into what an invasion of Japan might have been like. The general thrust of the book is that an invasion would have been a bloodbath with perhaps as many as a million or more Allied casualties, and several million Japanese casualties. This argument is based on several factors:
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