- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 15, 2005
See what would have happened had Truman decided not to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.
- An in-depth look at the massive invasion planned for November 1, 1945.
- Military experts examine the battle plan and speculate on how it would have unfolded.
- Learn why Truman decided to drop the bomb.
By the spring of 1942, Japan controlled the western Pacific, the Philippines, and large parts of Indochina. America and her allies knew that victory could only be achieved by unconditional surrender, which would require occupying the Japanese homeland.
Operation Downfall - the plan to invade Japan - would have dwarfed the D-Day landings in Europe. According to the plan, on November 1, 1945 General MacArthur would lead an invasion force onto the beaches of Kyushu, the southernmost of the Japanese Islands. Six months later, the largest beach landing in military history would take Tokyo. Politicians and military strategists knew that Japanese resistance would be ferocious. Plans for the invasion continued until President Truman made the decision to drop the atom bomb.
X-DAY: THE INVASION ON JAPAN traces the invasion plans from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and reveals why Truman chose the bomb over Operation Downfall.