Killing Japan: The Final Year of World War II

Written by Michael O'Brian
Category: · History

World War II was the bloodiest war in human history, but nowhere was the fighting more vicious than in the final year of fighting in the Pacific Theater. Famously described by John Dower as a “War Without Mercy,” the conflict saw two increasingly adamant and embittered opponents fighting island by island, plane by plane, tunnel by tunnel, and life by life as the Allies continued their inexorable push to the Japanese homeland. Tragedy compounded tragedy as hundreds of thousands of American and Japanese soldiers died on beaches, in rainforests, and in ditches, or alone among the quiet waves of the Pacific.

In thrilling new history, Michael O’Brian guides the reader from famous battles like Iwo Jima and Okinawa to lesser-known areas of the war, including the rainforest battles of Burma and Borneo and the contributions of Australian and New Zealand forces. The tale includes giants of history like Douglas MacArthur, Albert Einstein, and Mao Zedong as well as the Gurkhas and Chindits of the British front lines and the Japanese civilians who survived Hiroshima. Theirs is a story of heroism and sacrifice, tragedy and triumph, that will never be forgotten.

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  • The Background and Causes of the Pacific Conflict
  • The Bloody Battle of Manila, and its Horrific Toll on Filipino Civilians
  • Imphal-Kohima, “Britain’s Greatest Battle”
  • An In-Depth Analysis of the Battle of Okinawa, the Allies’ First Attack on Japanese Soil
  • Albert Einstein’s Role in the Creation of the Atomic Bomb
  • The Fates of Allied and Japanese Prisoners of War
  • The Experiments of Japan’s Notorious “Unit 731”

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