DescriptionIQO MODEL 1/6 SCALE WWII JAPANESE MINE POLE SET (METAL & WOOD)
FROM IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY SOLDIER, 1945 BATTLE OF OKINAWA
FROM PRODUCT NUMBER IQO91004
ITEM IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
NOTES1: THIS ITEM CAME OUT OF A NEW BOXED FIGURE, IT HASN’T BEEN HANDLED EXCEPT BY ME WHEN I TOOK IT OUT OF THE BOX.
NOTES2: ITEMS INCLUDED: JAPANESE MINE POLE (METAL & WOOD) + 2 MINES (METAL).
NOTES3: THERE ARE NOT ANY ACTION FIGURES IN THIS ITEM.
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The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army. The initial invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, was the largest amphibious assualt in the Pacific Theater of WWII. The 82-day battle lasted from April 1 until June 22, 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were planning to use Kadena Air Base on the large island of Okinawa as a base for Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands, 340 mi (550 km) away.
The United States created the 10th Army, a cross-branch force consisting of the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th infantry divisions of the U.S. Army with the 1st, 2nd, & 6th Divisions of the Marine Corps, to fight on the island. The Tenth was unique in that it had its own Tactical Air Force (joint Army-Marine command), and was also supported by combined naval and amphibious forces.
The battle has been referred to as the “typhoon of steel” in English, and tetsu no ame (“rain of steel”) or tetsu no bōfū (“violent wind of steel”) in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of Japanese kamikaze attacks, and the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific, with approximately 160,000 casualties on both sides: at least 75,000 Allied and 84,166–117,000 Japanese, including drafted Okinawans wearing Japanese uniforms. 149,425 Okinawans were killed, died by suicide or went missing, a significant proportion of the estimated pre-war 300,000 local population.
In the naval operations surrounding the battle, both sides lost considerable numbers of ships and aircraft, including the Japanese battleship Yamoto. After the battle, Okinawa provided a fleet anchorage, troop staging areas, and airfields in proximity to Japan in preparation for a planned invasion.
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