The Emperor’s Speech

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Emperor Hirohito recording his speech 13 August –  two ships, the Pennsylvania and the La Grange were hit by kamikaze carrier planes. All ships in Okinawa harbors were shipped out to ensure their safety. Although the Emperor was at this point demanding peace, the complicated arrangement of their government (Emperor, Premier,…

North Luzon – July 1945

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Kiangan Valley XIV Corps plans for operations against the remainder of the Shobu Group differed only in detail from those I Corps had previously employed.37 Reduced to their simplest terms, both sets of plans called for the exertion of unremitting pressure against the Shobu Group wherever Shobu Group troops were…