1945 Naval Bombardment of Japan

At the end of July, 1945 the war in the pacific was almost over, but the allies didn’t know that yet. In preparation for an invasion of Japan, allied navies engaged, for the first time, in major naval bombardment operations against the home islands. Over the course of a month, eight battleships, a dozen cruisers, and numerous destroyers bombarded military and industrial targets in one of the last major operations of the Second World War.

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