Liveblogging World War II: May 20, 1945: Okinawa Campaign

Okinawa Campaign:

  • 17 May 1945 After a vicious 48-hour battle the Okinawan capital, Naha, was captured by the Americans.
  • 18 May 1945 Destroyer USS Longshaw, stuck on a reef, was sunk by Japanese shore battery.
  • 19 May 1945 US 77th Division withdrew near the Ishimmi Ridge after suffering heavy casualties.
  • 20 May 1945 American troops reached Shuri Castle.
  • 21 May 1945 Japanese traditional and special attacks damaged five Allied ships off Okinawa.
  • 22 May 1945 Torrential rain reduced mobility of US armoured forces on Okinawa and gave the Japanese defenders a temporary respite.