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Operation Downfall, part two

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Operation Downfall/Olympic In a memo from the Undersecretary of the Navy, a project named “Dagwood” was mentioned, but I am unable to locate any details. MacArthur sent out a deceptive message (with slip-shot secrecy) to be intercepted by the Japanese called “Pastel Two.” This showed a detailed “plan” about Allied…

Operation Downfall – part one

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Plans for Japan – click to enlarge The original idea for the invasion of Japan was approved in July 1944 and received constant, precise detailing up until the actual signing of the surrender. Operation Downfall was broken into two separate plans, Operation Olympic which would be followed by Operation Coronet.…