August 19, 1945

I was pretty impressed with this post by Lightness Traveling, today. Here’s some World War II history you might not be aware of:

Luminous Aether

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
– Napoleon Bonaparte

Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II is usually ascribed to two factors, the invasion of Japan’s northern territory of Sakhalin by the Soviets, and the dropping of two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, there remained a faction among Japan’s military that wanted to fight on to the very last, leading a civilian army wielding farm implements if necessary.  Starting in June of 1945, this will was reflected in a propaganda campaign ominously called, “The Glorious Death of One Hundred Million“.

Leaders within the United States were well aware of this.  They understood that a direct invasion of Japan would have taken years with perhaps a million Allied casualties, and resulted in the deaths of many millions of Japanese civilians.  Against this backdrop, President Harry S. Truman had…

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