The Battle Of Okinawa
Okinawa was the largest amphibious invasion of the Pacific battle and the last major campaign of the Pacific War. The invasion began on April 1st, 1945, when 60,000 troops landed with little opposition. The day began and ended with the heaviest concentration of naval gunfire ever expended to support an amphibious landing. Although the Japanese had over 100,000 soldiers on the island, they could not defend the beaches. The fighting lasted 2 months and in the end 12,000 Americans died and 100,000 Japanese. Americans discovered that Japanese soldiers would rather take their own life than surender.