World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Tails Up

At Okinawa the future moved in on the Japanese, gun in hand. New York's 27th Division, its regiments adding new laurels to laurels won in the Civil War and World War I, captured the northern half of the Machinate airstrip, reached within two and one half miles of Naha, the capital.

The 96th Division, in the center of the line, fought its way atop and over "Skyline Ridge" dominating the field. The 7th Division, on the left, pressed toward the Yonabaru airstrip.

Against these units, supported by the fire of warships, planes and artillery,, the Japanese fought skillfully. In three caves...