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#81: What if Japan Hadn't Surrendered After Nagasaki?

#81: What if Japan Hadn't Surrendered After Nagasaki?

The Allied Forces hoped the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would finally convince Imperial Japan to end the war. If not, they were prepared to launch Operation Downfall-the proposed plan for the invasion of Japan in November of 1945 and the spring of 1946. If Downfall had taken place, it would have been the largest amphibious operation in history.

It also would have meant millions of Japanese and Allied casualties from gunfire, bombings, and suicide attacks.

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