posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 03:59 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58
yes and some think Japan was defeated before the bomb was dropped , not true they were ready to keep fighting even if it meant to the last man woman
or child www.fas.org...
from the link
The sooner the Americans come, the better...One hundred million die
- Japanese slogan in the summer of 1945.
Japan was finished as a warmaking nation, in spite of its four million men still under arms. But...Japan was not going to quit. Despite the fact that
she was militarily finished, Japan's leaders were going to fight right on. To not lose "face" was more important than hundreds and hundreds of
thousands of lives. And the people concurred, in silence, without protest. To continue was no longer a question of Japanese military thinking, it was
an aspect of Japanese culture and psychology.
- James Jones, WWII
Japanese Homeland Defense Strategy
With the greater part of Japan's troop strength overseas and industrial production suffering under constant American air attacks, the defense of the
Japanese home islands presented an enormous challenge to the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters (IGHQ). On 8 April 1945, the Imperial General
Headquarters issued orders, to be effective 15 April, activating the First and Second General Armies.(1) These two Armies would be responsible for the
ground defense of the Japanese home islands. Also, on 8 April 1945, IGHQ issued an order activating the Air General Army, effective 15 April. The
purpose of the new Air General Army was to coordinate the air defense of Japan, providing a single headquarters through which cooperation with the
ground forces and the Navy could be expedited in implementing the defense of the home islands.(2) Simultaneously with the activation of the First and
Second General Armies and the Air General Army, IGHQ issued orders for the implementation of Ketsu-Go (Decisive) Operation. Defensive in nature, the
operation divided the Japanese home territory into seven zones from which to fight the final decisive battles of the Japanese empire.(3)
The strategy for Ketsu-Go was outlined in an 8 April 1945 Army Directive.(4) It stated that the Imperial Army would endeavor to crush the Americans
while the invasion force was still at sea. They planned to deliver a decisive blow against the American naval force by initially destroying as many
carriers as possible, utilizing the special attack forces of the Air Force and Navy. When the amphibious force approached within range of the homeland
airbases, the entire air combat strength would be employed in continual night and day assaults against these ships. In conducting the air operations,
the emphasis would be on the disruption of the American landing plans. The principal targets were to be the troop and equipment transports. Those
American forces which succeeded in landing would be swiftly attacked by the Imperial Army in order to seek the decisive victory. The principal
objective of the land operation was the destruction of the American landing force on the beach.
Japan was not about to admit defeat , the war
could have lasted till 1950 or later.