Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Friday, June 24, 2005

Okinawa marks anniversary of battle

asahi.com´╝ÜOkinawa marks anniversary of battle:

NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--With renewed pledges to never again go to war, Okinawa on Thursday observed the 60th anniversary of the end of the only ground battle fought on Japanese soil during World War II.

The ferocious Battle of Okinawa between Imperial Japanese Army troops and U.S. forces is often referred to as the "typhoon of steel." More than 200,000 people died in nearly three months of fighting. Many of them were civilians.

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