#16 - Interview with D.M. Giangreco author of Hell To Pay - The Invasion of Japan 1945-1947

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For a video of the interview see this video on YouTube


An interview with D.M. Giangreco on the Invasion of Japan, Lend Lease and many more topics. Timestamps:

00:21 - Background D.M. Giangreco

02:10 - Hell To Pay 2nd Edition

08:12 - People don't care about Logistics

11:34 - Euro-centric & Losses in Asia

14:38 - American Viewership Preferences

17:34 - US Leadership Challenge on Manpower

23:17 - Japanese knowledge on US Popular Support

25:10 - The Bombs & Soviet Intervention

25:45 - US Media & The Enemies of the US

27:40 - Japanese Military Structure, Independence & Dispersion

27:58 - Why the Emperor was so important for the US Forces

29:54 - Japanese Senior Leadership reluctance to Surrender

35:55 - US Preparations on Okinawa to save Civilians

37:17 - Okinawa vs. Japan - Expectations on Civilian Resistance

38:09 - Estimates on Civilian Casualties

39:10 - Why Operation Olympic estimates were so optimistic initially

49:46 - Look at Japanese Defense after the Surrender

50:43 - US vs. Japanese estimates on Kill Count necessary

53:11 - Manchuria & Soviets

56:11 - Soviet & Japanese Defense of Manchuria

57:40 - Japanese Strategy for Manchuria

01:01:10 - US leadership didn't knew if the Bombs would work

01:02:27 - Lend-Lease to Soviet Union & Soviet Preparation for the Invasion of Japan

01:13:17 - Project Hula - Secret Base in Alaska to train Soviets

01:25:20 - About entering German heartland

01:29:33 - Interdependence of ETO & PTO - Timetables - National War Aims

01:41:06 - Manpower Question

01:42:03 - Basic Japanese Strategy: Maximum Bloodletting

01:44:01 - Why not blockade Japanese Islands?

01:49:47 - Why Japanese Military wanted to keep fighting after the second Bomb

01:52:55 - Appeasement when it doesn't work

01:54:07 - About alternate History

01:56:52 - Know your Basics, e.g., why not invade Japan from the North


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Giangreco, D. M.: Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947. US Naval Institute Press: United States, 2017.

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