The Last Mission

The Last Mission (2002) This History Channel video focuses to two August, 1945 events: the last U. S. bombing mission in northern Japan and an attempted coup d’etat organized by officers associated with the Imperial Guard. After the Nagasaki bombing, a desperate effort was made to confiscate the surrender recording made by Emperor Hirohito. The effort collapsed, when the recording was safely hidden and senior army officers refused to join the attempted military takeover. I find this interesting counterpoint to those who claim that, after Hiroshima, the surrender by Japan was a certainty.

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