THE SURRENDER: The Last Beachhead

A brisk south wind was scattering tiny white clouds across the blue sky above Atsugi airfield when the first U.S. troops landed. Tall grass, dancing in the wind, cast sawtooth patterns on the ground.

Witnessing the scene, a Domei reporter named Akimine said it made his eyes smart: "So much emotion packed into a single moment. . . ."

There was emotion, too, but of a different sort, in the hearts of the 11th Airborne Division as they dropped down on Atsugi, of the 4th Marines as they plunged ashore at Yokosuka, heavily laden...

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