21st Century Toys 21C20424R Okinawa: "The Final Step" Playset (1:32 Scale)
"Duty is heavier than a mountain but death is lighter than a feather."
- Japanese proverb
The Battle of Okinawa, fought on the island of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands (south of the four big islands of Japan), was the largest amphibious assault during the Pacific campaign of World War II. It was also the largest sea-land-air battle in history, running from late March through June 1945. After the battle, the US occupied Okinawa, and set up the Government of the Ryukyu Islands.
Neither side expected it to be the last major battle of the war, although it was. The Americans were planning Operation Downfall, the invasion of the Home Islands of Japan, which never happened due to the Japanese surrender after the American use of the two atomic bombs in August 1945 (first in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, and a second time in Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945), and the Soviet Union's declaration of war on Japan.
The battle has been referred to as "Typhoon of Steel" in English, and "tetsu no ame" by Okinawans, which mean "rain of steel" and "violent wind of steel" respectively, referring to the intensity of gunfire that characterized this battle and sheer number of American boats and tanks that landed on the island.
At some battles, such as Iwo Jima, there had been no civilians involved, but Okinawa had a large indigenous civilian population, and the civilian losses in the battle were at least 150,000. American losses were over 72,000 casualties, of whom 12,500 were killed or missing, over twice the number killed at Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal combined. Several thousand soldiers who died indirectly (from wounds and other causes), at a later date, are not included. About a third of the civilian population of the island were killed in the spring of 1945. There were about 100,000 Japanese soldiers killed and 7,000 captured. Some of the soldiers committed seppuku or simply blew themselves up with grenades. Some of the civilians, having been convinced by Japanese propaganda that the Americans were barbarians who committed horrible atrocities, killed their families and themselves to avoid capture.
The Okinawa: "The Final Step" Playset contains Includes One (1) USMC M5 Stuart Tank, Two (2) US Infantry Figures, Two (2) Japanese Figures, Two (2) Fortified Emplacements & One (1) Building Steps with Sandbag Emplacement and US Flag. Sold Out!
Release Date: November 2006