• A Price to Be Paid

    by Col. Arthur Shaw (Ret.) and Robert L. Wise

    None of us had any idea how terrible the cost would be before we finished taking Okinawa. The casual observer might have concluded that the landing was so easy, war must be a walk in the park.

  • Kamikazes at the Battle of Okinawa

    by Joseph Wheelan

    On May 6, 1945, a twin-engine kamikaze plane’s bomb exploded beside the destroyer Luce, part of the radar picket ship screen surrounding Okinawa, and ripped her starboard side “like a sardine can.” 

  • Battle Stations—Okinawa in 2016

    by Gavan McCormack

    The year 2016 might turn out to be a decisive one in the long-running contest between the Japanese state and Okinawa prefecture over the construction of a new base for the US.

  • Japan’s Abe Shinzo’s Plan to Dominate Okinawa

    by Gavan McCormack

    A grand, and massively unequal, struggle over the future of Japan is underway. It’s Okinawa’s protesters against the weight of Abe’s government.

  • This Is Why We Should Remember the Battle of Okinawa

    by Ota Masahide

    The Battle of Okinawa was distinct from all other battles in the Pacific War in that it was fought in one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, with the majority of the resident civilian population still present.

  • Okinawa: Why They Chose Death

    by Jonathan Mirsky

    The huge US offensive in Okinawa—the only part of Japan where US forces fought on the ground—lasted eighty-two days in the spring of 1945 and cost about as many lives altogether as the atom bombs themselves.