JAPAN'S WAR #12


RADIO  TOKYO  HAS  BEGUN  A  PROPAGANDA  BROADCAST  IN  ENGLISH, AIMED  AT  THE  AMERICAN  TROOPS.


20,000  OKINAWANS  ARE  CONSCRIPTED  TO  FIGHT  IN  THE  JAPANESE  ARMY.


16  YEAR  OLD  SCHOOLGIRL  IS  MADE  A  NURSE  IN  AN  UNDERGROUND  HOSPITAL:  "WOUNDED  SOLDIERS  ARE  BEING  CARRIED  IN,  IN  LARGE  NUMBERS;  SOME  DON'T  HAVE  LIMBS,  SOME  DON'T  HAVE  FACES;  YOUNG  MEN  IN  THEIR  20s  AND  30s  AND  SCREAMING  LIKE  BABIES,  THOUSANDS  OF  THEM."


THE  OVER-WHELMING  POWER  OF  THE  AMERICANS  BEGINS  TO  FORCE ITS  WAY  THROUGH  THE  JAPANESE  DEFENSES. 


THEN  ON  MAY  8TH  1945  THE  NEWS  IS  ANNOUNCED  THAT  GERMANY  HAS  SURRENDERED  TO  THE  ALLIES.


JAPANESE  RANKING  OFFICER:  "WE  NOW  REALIZE  WE  ARE  DOOMED.  IT  IS  NONSENSE  TO  CONTINUE  THE  WAR,  AFTER  OUR  ONLY  REAL  ALLIE  HAS  COLLAPSED.  OUR  LEADERS  GOT  US  INVOLVED  IN  THIS  WAR  TO  RESERVE  THEIR  OWN  POWER.  WHO  CANNOT  NOW  DISPARE  KNOWING  THAT  OUR  SOLDIERS  ARE  DYING  FOR  THE  SAKE  OF  SUCH  PEOPLE."


FOR  THE  FIRST  TIME  IN  THE  WAR  THOUSANDS  OF  JAPANESE  SOLDIERS  SURRENDER.


AS  THE  AMERICANS  ELIMINATE  THE  LAST  POCKETS  OF  RESISTANCE, THOUSANDS  OF  CIVILIANS  WHO  HAVE  BEEN  FORCED  TO  SHELTER  IN CAVES  ARE  TRAPPED  IN  AN  INFERNO  OF  EXPLOSIVES  AND  NAP-BOMBS.  WHEN  THE  SURVIVORS  EMERGE  THEY  ARE  TERRIFIED,  STARVING,  AND  CLOSE  TO  DEATH.


KIKI KOMIAVI  IS  ONE  OF  THE  LAST  TO  COME  OUT:  "THERE  WAS  A  RAIN  OF  BULLETS.  THE  AMERICANS  MUST  HAVE  THOUGHT  WE  WERE WITH  THE  SOLDIERS.  THREE  OF  MY  FAMILY  WERE  KILLED  INSTANTLY,  THEIR  BODIES  FELL  ON  TOP  OF  ME;  THEN  THE  FIRING  STOPPED.  THE  AMERICANS  MUST  HAVE  NOTICED  THEY  WERE  SHOOTING  GIRLS.  MY  10  CLASS-MATES  WERE  ALL  DEAD.  I  WILL  NEVER  FORGET."


OVER  20,000  AMERICANS  AND  MORE  THAN  200,000  JAPANESE  HAVE  BEEN  KILLED,  INCLUDING  A  QUARTER  OF  THE  ISLAND'S  POPULATION.


IT  IS  THE  BLOODIEST  BATTLE  OF  THE  PACIFIC  WAR.


THE  ONLY  TARGET  LEFT  IS  JAPAN  ITSELF.

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TO  BE  CONTINUED