Okinawa: the battle and the bomb

Saul David revisits one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the US decision to use atomic weapons against Japan

US Army 7th Division's tanks equipped with flame throwers climbing a ridge on Okinawa. (Photo by W. Eugene Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

On the 75th anniversary of the battle of Okinawa, historian Saul David revisits one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan

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