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Below are some books about Operation Coronet, and what might have happened had it gone ahead. Here are some more books about the planned invasion of Japan and the end of the war in Pacific:


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Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947

By D. M. Giangreco

Naval Institute Press
Hardcover (584 pages)

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Two years before the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped bring a quick end to hostilities in the summer of 1945, U.S. planners began work on Operation Downfall, codename for the Allied invasions of Kyushu and Honshu, in the Japanese home islands. While other books have examined Operation Downfall, D. M. Giangreco offers the most complete and exhaustively researched consideration of the plans and their implications. He explores related issues of the first operational use of the atomic bomb and the Soviet Union's entry into the war, including the controversy surrounding estimates of potential U.S. casualties.

Following years of intense research at numerous archives, Giangreco now paints a convincing and horrific picture of the veritable hell that awaited invader and defender. In the process, he demolishes the myths that Japan was trying to surrender during the summer of 1945 and that U.S. officials later wildly exaggerated casualty figures to justify using the atomic bombs to influence the Soviet Union. As Giangreco writes, "Both sides were rushing headlong toward a disastrous confrontation in the Home Islands in which poison gas and atomic weapons were to be employed as MacArthur's intelligence chief, Charles Willoughby, succinctly put it, 'a hard and bitter struggle with no quarter asked or given.'"

Hell to Pay examines the invasion of Japan in light of the large body of Japanese and American operational and tactical planning documents the author unearthed in familiar and obscure archives. It includes postwar interrogations and reports that senior Japanese commanders and their staffs were ordered to produce for General MacArthur's headquarters. This groundbreaking history counters the revisionist interpretations questioning the rationale for the use of the atomic bomb and shows that President Truman's decision was based on real estimates of the enormous human cost of a conventional invasion.

This revised edition of Hell to Pay expands on several areas covered in the previous book and deals with three new topics: U.S.-Soviet cooperation in the war against Imperial Japan; U.S., Soviet, and Japanese plans for the invasion and defense of the northernmost Home Island of Hokkaido; and Operation Blacklist, the three-phase insertion of American occupation forces into Japan. It also contains additional text, relevant archival material, supplemental photos, and new maps, making this the definitive edition of an important historical work.

Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 by D.M. Giangreco (15-Sep-2009) Hardcover

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Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

By Richard Frank

Random House
Released: 1999-09-28
Hardcover (512 pages)

Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
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"The publication of Richard Frank's long-awaited Downfall is an event of great importance, not only to historians but to the general public. No aspect of World War II is more controversial today than the use of atomic bombs against Japan in 1945. Some have argued that this act was cruel and unnecessary since Japan was on the verge of surrender. But by means of exhaustive      research and the employment of previously neglected and recently declassified sources, Frank proves in this definitive book that neither the Emperor nor the Japa-nese armed forces were anywhere close to surrendering in August 1945.
  
"In a stunning tour de force, Frank re-creates the end of the war, not as it seemed to people writing much later but as it appeared to American and Japanese decision makers at the time. Though the bomb was often seen as the worst possible means of ending the Pacific war, Frank establishes that its use was superior to all existing alternatives, and saved not only Allied lives but Japa-nese lives as well. Masterly in conception, brilliantly    reasoned, superbly researched, Downfall is all but impossible to put down.
    
"Anyone concerned with the moral, military, and political issues surrounding the end of the Pacific war must read this book."          
   --William L. O'Neill, author of A Democracy at War

Downfall opens with a vivid portrayal of the catastrophic fire raid on Tokyo in March 1945--which was to be followed by the utter destruction of almost every major Japanese city--and ends with the anguished vigil of American and Japanese leaders waiting to learn if Japan's armed forces would obey the Emperor's order to surrender.
  
America's use of the atom bomb has generated more heated controversy than any other event of the whole war:

  Did nuclear weapons save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans poised to invade Japan?
  Did U.S. leaders know that Japan was urgently seeking peace and needed only assurance about the Emperor's safety to end the war swiftly?
  Was the bomb really used to intimidate the Russians?      
  Why wasn't the devastating power of the weapon demonstrated first before being unleashed on a city?

Richard B. Frank has brought to life these critical times, working from primary documents, reports, diaries, and newly declassified records. These pages present the untold story of how American leaders learned in the summer of 1945 that their compromise strategy to end the war by blockade and bombardment, followed by invasion, had been shattered; radio intelligence had unmasked a massive Japanese buildup on Kyushu designed to turn the initial invasion into a bloody shambles. Meanwhile, the text and analysis of diplomatic intercepts depicted sterile prospects for negotiation before a final clash of arms. Here also, for the first time, is a full and balanced account of how Japan's leaders risked annihilation by gambling on a military strategy aimed at securing political bargaining leverage to preserve the old order in Japan.
    
Downfall replaces the myths that now surround the end of the war and the use of the bomb with the stark realities of this great historical controversy.

Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 [Hardcover] [2009] D. M. Giangreco

Naval Institute Press
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Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb

By Thomas B. Allen

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover (351 pages)

Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb
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Revealing a secret World War II invasion plan that would have meant destruction worse than that caused by the atomic bombs, acclaimed military authors examine a plan code-named Downfall that would have turned Japan into a wasteland. 25,000 first printing.

X-Day: Japan: Front Line Reporting at the Greatest Invasion and the Dawn of Nuclear Warfare

By Shawn D. Mahaney

Stone Lake Historical
Paperback (310 pages)

X-Day: Japan: Front Line Reporting at the Greatest Invasion and the Dawn of Nuclear Warfare
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"Engaging, interesting and frighteningly believable. Five Stars." - M. Heminger
"X-Day: Japan is the single best researched alternate history of the aborted invasion of Japan you are going to find." - Trent Telenko, chicagoboyz.net
In November of 1945 over a million fighting men clashed in the greatest amphibious invasion of human history. 400,000 American soldiers and Marines forced their way ashore. They were outnumbered by the Japanese but brought unprecedented firepower.

This Pacific “D-day” was called X-Day. Walter F. Tuttle was there as a front line reporter. This is his account. It is not a parade of military hardware and tactics, nor is it a political thriller. It is the story of fighting men, their field commanders, and the nation which supported them.

Nuclear weapons stood ready to join the battle. No one on the ground knew anything about atom bombs, until the world was turned upside down around them.

A full preview sample of the book, not just the first portion, is available at the project web site, www.xdayjapan.com.

The companion volume X-Day: Gaming Olympic is a detailed illustration of the battle, in maps and photos, with running commentary, www.xdayjapan.com/gaming-olympic.

X-Day: Gaming Olympic: Illustrating the Greatest Invasion, 1945 Japan

By Shawn D. Mahaney

Stone Lake Historical
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X-Day: Gaming Olympic: Illustrating the Greatest Invasion, 1945 Japan
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Set for November, 1945, Operation Olympic was the first half of Operation Downfall, the American plan to invade Japan and seize Tokyo in 1945-46.

In support of the journalistic novel X-Day: Japan, Operation Olympic was gamed out over contemporary Army maps. The battle is much larger than previous conflicts over places like Okinawa and Iwo-jima.

In this book the greatest amphibious invasion in history is played out day-by-day. American and Japanese forces meet, fight, and suffer over several months of conflict. Running commentary describes the difficult decisions faced by field commanders on a regular basis, and the impact of each decision on the brutal fighting. Other books have covered the invasion plans, but no modern works are supported by this type of effort.

X-Day: Japan ended with a broad tactical nuclear attack, using the early low-yield weapons available. Impact of such weapons on a large battle front is displayed and evaluated.

80 full-size color pages; E-book version best viewed on larger color devices.

Decisive Darkness

By Paul Hynes

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Decisive Darkness
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“An enemy with nothing to lose is the most dangerous one of all” In August 1945, Japan was hit with two nuclear weapons. This, along with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, caused the government to surrender. What if it had not? Paul Hynes imagines a world in which a fanatical junta takes over Japan and pledges a fight to the bitter end. Using real-world plans relating to the invasion of the Home Islands, along with an extensive knowledge of American, British, Soviet and Japanese attitudes and capabilities at the time, Hynes crafts a story of harrowing losses, desperate measures, and unspeakable horror for the civilian population.

Decisive Darkness: Part Two – Coronet

By Paul Hynes

Sea Lion Press
Released: 2016-10-31
Kindle Edition (176 pages)

Decisive Darkness: Part Two – Coronet
 
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The year is 1946 and despite the nightmarish sacrifices of the American invasion, Japan remains a battlefield.

The leadership of the fanatical junta which ignored the Emperor’s wishes to end the war has been beheaded yet those who have survived remain just as resolute in their ultimate goal, to fight to the last Japanese subject and take as much of the rest of the world with them.

In the second and final part of the 'Decisive Darkness' series, 'Coronet', Paul Hynes details the apocalyptic struggle that the world came so close to in our own time. The fanaticism of the junta is equally matched by the Allies desperation to end the war as quickly and as cleanly as possible in the wake of the mass slaughter portrayed in the series’ previous work, Majestic.

As the Allied commanders prepare for the final strike against the heart of Japan, the capital city of Tokyo, they will learn history’s most horrific lesson.

An enemy with nothing to lose is the most dangerous one of all.

D. M. Giangreco: Hell to Pay : Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 (Hardcover); 2009 Edition

D. M. Giangreco
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