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History and the Purple Heart

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by engineer151515, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. engineer151515

    engineer151515

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    I ran across this on Wikipedia.


    At the end of WW2 and prior to the atomic bombings, America was making plans for the invasion of Japan proper. The plan was called Operation Downfall. It was split into two principal components, an southern invasion of Kyūshū (Operation Olympic) to be followed by a northern invasion of Honshū near Tokyo (Operation Coronet).

    Based on the experience of the Okinawa invasion, the number of American casualties in these new operations was anticipated to be massive. Estimates vary but we could have seen up to half a million American fatalities.


    Here's the history trivia - per Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall

     
  2. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    Wow, so the Purple Hearts that they give out today are really +60 year old?

    People bytch about the US dropping the A-bomb twice on Japan, but at the end of the day it did save millions of lives on both sides.
     

  3. Glock!9

    Glock!9

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    It was a different time then. We fought wars to win them.
    Plus bombing a city to demoralize its people was normal practice.
     
  4. kensb2

    kensb2 pistol n00b

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    Very interesting!