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 (1939-1945) WWII Battles
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Forager vs. Downfall.
Posted on: 3/23/2019 3:34:47 PM
Some rough numbers.
Saipan was 44.55 sq/miles.
Japan is 145,936 sq/miles.
US invasion cost ~13,000 casualties (3K dead).
That's 291/square mile on Saipan.
The US feared "A Saipan from one end of Japan to the other" if we had to invade.
Extrapolating from the above, that's ~3,800,000 casualties to subdue Japan if it came to that.

I think the above numbers are conservative. Wildly conservative if you also count potential Japanese casualties.

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