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After the successful capture of Iwo Jima, the Americans’ next objective was Okinawa, which was only 330 miles from the Japanese home islands.  Possessing Okinawa would cut Japan’s supply line from southeast Asia and would provide an excellent staging point for an eventual invasion. As in many previous battles, the Japanese were dug into an extensive network of caves and tunnels.  To complicate things further, there were about 400,000 Okinawan civilians on the island.  Capturing Okinawa would be the Americans’ greatest challenge to date.  Join James and Scott as they discuss the lead up to the invasion and narrate its initial stage.

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