Whilst the war in Europe had officially ended, the Japanese were still entrenched and awaiting invasion from the allies. Their homeland defence was to be their final "Coup de grace" of defiance. Whilst there are specific historial events, these last days & weeks could be discussed collectively. I for one over the past few decades, have seen the worm turn in favour of the Japanese to a degree where the allies and particularly the USA are the bogey men. What are the opinions of the members? Can anybody visualise how this conflict could have ended with a lesser loss of life? I would hope that the discussions and opinions will be supported with facts so it does not go off the rails as has occured previously. August 6th - Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. August 8th - Soviets declare war on Japan. August 9th - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. August 14th - Japanese surrender. August 15th - VJ Day declared.