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Top Secret American Map Used to Capture Kadena Airfield on Okinawa.

Top Secret map of the Okinawa landing beaches Orange 1 & 2, and Purple 1 & 2, and the defenses between those beaches and Kadena airfield.

The map was prepared based on photo-reconnaissance of February 28th, 1945, by the G-2 Section of the 7th Division.

The legend lists the following objects of strategic importance:

  • First Class Road
  • Secondary Road
  • Narrow Guage R.R.
  • Single Mount D.P. Gun
  • D.P. Gun Emplacem't, Empty
  • Single Mount Auto. AA
  • Pillbox
  • M.G. Position
  • Rifle Pit
  • Observation Tower
  • Tomb [Important structures on Okinawa from the perspective of defense, these are often highlighted on American invasion maps.]
  • Unidentified Installation
  • Trench w/ Rifle Pits
  • A. T. Trench
  • Uniderground [sic.] Ent.or Dugout
  • Cave, Defensive, or Bunker

The Battle of Okinawa

The United States Army and Marine Corps landed on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, as the specially-created 10th Army; the landing was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, lasted for 82 days after the landing, to June 1945. The Battle claimed the lives of 14,009 to 20,195 American personnel and between 77,166 and 110,000 Japanese. 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 miles away.

Condition Description
Small hole in the legend, otherwise VG.