Apr 1

Air Strikes Set the Stage for Okinawa Invasion

Thursday, April 1, 2010 8:12 AM

By

WJ9FS7855VEC

65 years ago today, Okinawa, the largest of the Ryukyu Islands, was the site of one of the last major island landings of World War II and scene of some of its heaviest fighting.

Supporting operations leading up to Operation Iceberg, under the strategic command of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, began with 5th Fleet air strikes against Kyushu on 18 March 1945. Executed with heavy naval gunfire and air support, the initial landings—the Joint Expeditionary Force under Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner and the soldiers and marines under Lieutenant General Simon B. Buckner, USA—took place on 1 April.

Running generally north and south, Okinawa is 60 miles long and from a to 18 miles wide, with an area of 485 square miles. It is entirely fringed with reefs.

Overwhelming Navy carrier-based air power crushed the Japanese attempt to disrupt the landings on 7 April; on this day 386 planes of Task Force 58 sunk the Japanese battleship Yamato, light cruiser Yahagi, and four destroyers, and damaged four other destroyers.

After 82 days of heavy fighting, the island was declared secure on 21 June. An armada of ships had participated in the operation, during which 36 of them of destroyer size or smaller were lost, most to the heaviest concentration of kamikaze attacks of the war.

Securing Okinawa blocked the Japanese supply lanes in the East China Sea, isolating all southern possessions still in Japanese hands; and cleared the last obstacle in the path to the Japanese Home Islands. займы онлайн без залога

https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-oneclickmoney-leads.html https://credit-n.ru/kredit/kredit-sfera.html https://credit-n.ru/offers-zaim/vashi-dengi-zaim.html http://www.otc-certified-store.com/erectile-dysfunction-medicine-usa.html https://zp-pdl.com https://credit-n.ru/order/kreditnye-karty-gazprombank-card.html female wrestling https://zp-pdl.com/apply-for-payday-loan-online.php http://www.otc-certified-store.com/men-s-health-medicine-europe.html https://zp-pdl.com/online-payday-loans-in-america.php https://credit-n.ru/informacija/banki-s-otozvannoj-licenziej/list-cbr-credit-organizations.html https://zp-pdl.com/get-a-next-business-day-payday-loan.php займ без паспорта на кивизайм вконтактебыстрый займ новосибирск займ денег воронежкэш поинт займзайм бери займ под залог птс рязаньзайм денег череповецзайм под автомобиль займ на зарплатную картузайм 50000 онлайнзайм онлайн на карту maestro как взять займ с плохой кредитной историейзайм онлайн на qiwiмфо первый займ без процентов

займ на киви кошелек без отказа zaymi-bistro.ru займы онлайн на карту без проверок срочно
быстрый займ на карточку www.zaymi-bistro.ru займ на длительный срок онлайн
быстрые кредиты с плохой кредитной историей www.zaymi-bistro.ru займ на карту сбербанка мгновенно
hairy girl with unshaven armpits and pussy instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ hairy woman pics and videos
female hairy armpits www.instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ very hairy armpits
female hairy armpits www.instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ very hairy armpits
very hairy pussy https://www.instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ very hairy pussy and crotch
займ на киви кошелек без отказа www.zaymi-bistro.ru займы онлайн на карту без проверок срочно
манимен займ онлайн http://www.zaymi-bistro.ru займ на киви без привязки карты
online кредит на карту www.zaymi-bistro.ru онлайн кредит без процентов на карту
payday loans are short-term loans for small amounts of money https://zp-pdl.com payday loans online
взять займ онлайн срочно credit-n.ru займ на киви кошелек без отказов мгновенно онлайн
кредит онлайн на карту под 0 credit-n.ru круглосуточный кредит онлайн