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Which is what the Japs would have expected, given they were outnumbered by around two to one.. In later battles - EG Iwa Jima - of 21,000 Jap defenders, only 1,000 were taken prisoner; it cost the Yanks over 15,000 casualties. This caused the Allies to estimate a million casualties in Operation Olympic, the invasion of mainland Japan - hence the use of two atomic bombs. :shock:

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