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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. M. Giangreco Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hell to Pay is a comprehensive and compelling examination of the many complex issues that encompassed the strategic plans for the proposed American invasion of Japan. United States planning for the invasion and military occupation of Imperial Japan had begun in 1943, two years before the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In its final form, Operation Downfall called for a massive Allied invasion—on a scale dwarfing D-Day—to be carried out in two stages. In the first stage, Operation Olympic, the US Sixth Army would lead the southernmost assault on the Home Island of Kyushu preceded by the dropping of as many as nine atom bombs behind the landing beaches and troop concentrations inland. Sixth Army would secure airfields and anchorages needed to launch the second stage, Operation Coronet, five hundred miles to the north in 1946. The decisive Coronet invasion of the industrial heartland of Japan through the Tokyo Plain would be led by the Eighth Army, as well as the First Army, which had previously pummeled its way across France and Germany to defeat the Nazis.

These facts are well-known and have been recounted—with varying degrees of accuracy—in a variety of books and articles. A common theme in these works is their reliance on relatively few declassified high-level planning documents. In contrast, Hell to Pay examines the invasion of Japan in light of the large body of Japanese and American operational and tactical planning documents unearthed by the author in both familiar and obscure archives, as well as postwar interrogations and reports that senior Japanese commanders and their staffs were ordered to produce for General MacArthur’s headquarters. Hell to Pay brings the political and military ramifications of the enormous casualties and loss of material projected by both sides in the climatic struggle to bring the Pacific War to a conclusion through a brutal series of battles on Japanese soil. This groundbreaking history counters the revisionist interpretations questioning the rationale for the use of the atom bomb and shows that President Truman’s decision was based on very real estimates of the truly horrific cost of a conventional invasion of Japan.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 7/24/2012

    " Interesting, but fairly dense and difficult to follow in some parts. "

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About the Author

D. M. Giangreco served for more than twenty years as an editor for Military Review, published by the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has written and lectured widely on national security matters, and he is the award-winning author or coauthor of numerous articles and books, including The Soldier from Independence, War in Korea, 1950–1953, and Eyewitness Vietnam, written with Donald L. Gilmore.