Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Vincent J. Cannato

Second Advisor

Timothy Hasci

Third Advisor

Paul Bookbinder


America's Operation Olympic strategy is examined in context of the geo-political and military situation in the Pacific War during 1945. Three major questions are addressed. 1) Would Japan surrender before the November 1st, 1945 scheduled invasion? 2) Did soviet relations influence the invasion strategy? 3) What were the casualty estimates for the invasion? Through the analysis of intelligence reports, memorandums, and diary entries, and in conjunction with secondary source materials, it will be demonstrated that both diplomatic and military objectives dictated the invasion strategy.


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