The Final Drive for Japan—Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Fire-Bombing of Tokyo
Lecture no. 23 from the course: World War II: A Military and Social History
Taught by Professor Thomas Childers | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
This lecture examines the battles for both Iwo Jima and Okinawa—the two climatic engagements in the final drive for Japan—and follows both the strategic considerations and bloody consequences of these two deadly confrontations. Fully one-third of all marines killed in the Pacific died on Iwo Jima, while one-fifth of all casualties suffered by the Navy in the entire war were sustained in the waters around Okinawa.