Thursday, January 19, 2012

Saipan 1944

Unpublished photos of US troops invading Saipan:

thousand who jumped off the cliffs at Marpi Point<>, many documented by US combat photographers.

This may have influenced Truman's decision to use the bomb.  If you apply Saipan's example to a conventional land invasion of the Japanese home islands, assuming 70% of 80 million Japanese would die, that's 56 million dead.  That makes the 250,000 killed in the atom bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the war look like a bargain for everyone.

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