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How One Very Special U.S. Submarine Ravaged Japan During World War II

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia The USS Barb performed what would be the only U.S. ground operation on the Japanese home islands. In the closing months of World War II, heavy losses and depleted fuel stocks kept many of Japan’s remaining combat aircraft grounded and warships in port, awaiting an anticipated amphibious invasion. Starting in July 1945, Allied battleships embarked on a series of naval bombardments of coastal cities in Japan in an effort to draw these forces out to battle—with little success.
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