L-Day

1 April 1945

The official start of the Battle of Okinawa. On the morning of April 1st, U.S. navy ships rained a pre-landing bombardment of 44,825 shells, 33,000 rockets and 22,500 mortar shells plus napalm attacks by carrier planes on the invasion beaches. Two U.S. Army divisions land along the southwest coast of Okinawa, with zero opposition and almost no casualties.

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Source: Command Display, Corry Station