Okinawa. Crucible of Hell.

Saul David delivered an excellent lecture on the Battle of Okinawa. 34 participants took part in our first zoom event and what a story. A kind of sub-tropical Passchendaele. Hundreds of thousands died within weeks of the end of the Second World War. Saul demonstrated a clear link between the battle and the decision to use the atom bombs five weeks later. Saul’s book ‘Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945’ is being published in Japan at a time when there is great controversy over the behaviour of the Japanese Army towards the Okinawans.

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