Operation Downfall: How America Would Have Invaded Japan (It Would Have Been Hell)

by Michael PeckThe National Interest

Michael Peck

Security, Asia

As it had against a Mongol amphibious invasion in the 13th Century, the weather gods would have favored Japan. A devastating typhoon in October 1945 would have delayed Allied invasion preparations, while bad weather in the winter and spring of 1946 would have hampered operations and logistics.