The Battle of Okinawa: After-Action and Lessons Learned After-Action The Battle of Okinawa, fought for eighty-two days on the Ryukyu Island of Okinawa, was the largest amphibious (or both land and water) assault in the pacific war. It lasted from early April until the middle of June in the year 1945. The main objective was to seize the Island of Ryukuyu, a strategic three hundred and forty miles away from Japan’s mainland. The allied forced planned to use Okinawa as a military base for airborne operations in the area. The Allied forces plus the atomic bombs that hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, plus the efforts of the soviet forces, caused the Japanese Army to surrender weeks after the end of the Battle of Okinawa. “According to Gordon Rottman,...The end:
.....after sixty-plus years, its time to reduce-if not eliminate- the American military presence” (Sloan 355). This is ultimately the lesson learned: that the native population is indelibly affected by war in horrific and excruciating ways. Though was took a horrific toll on the Okinawans, they are thriving today. St the same time, combat is gruesome and also unforgettable, something that effects not only civilians but also the soldiers on both sides. Works Cited Feifer, George. The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb. USA: Globe Pequot, 2001. Rottman, Gordon L. Okinawa 1945: The Last Battle. USA: Osprey Publishing, 202. Sloan, Bill. The Ultimate Battle- Okinawa 1945: The Last Epic Struggle of World War II. USA: Simon & Schuster, 2008.