On April 1, 1945, the U.S. military launched its campaign, Operation Iceberg, on the island of Okinawa. This was a strategic location for the U.S. as the war continued and the Allies approached Japan. The 82-day battle for Okinawa was the largest Pacific battle of World War II and the largest amphibious assault in history. View the video clips below to learn about this event and hear an eyewitness account.
Robert Leckie talked about the U.S. invasion of Okinawa in April 1945 by 180,00 troops, the last major step toward the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands.