by Dr. Carl H. Marcoux Although neither side was aware of it at the time, the battle for Okinawa would be the last major battle of World War II. [text_ad] To the Americans, Okinawa represented a major stepping-stone toward the final defeat of the Japanese Empire. The successful occupation of the island by American forces would provide air bases and naval facilities that would allow for attacks on the Home Islands themselves. To the Japanese, the surrender of a base so close to the heart of th

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