The Battle of Okinawa: Summary & Facts


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The Battle of Okinawa took place on Okinawa, which was an important island in the ________ Islands chain.

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1. One of the reasons that the Battle of Okinawa was so deadly and dragged out so long was due to Japanese soldiers' adherence to the code of _________, in which soldiers would rather commit suicide than surrender or be defeated.

2. What made the Battle of Okinawa different than other island battles during the American Pacific Campaign?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Battle of Okinawa was one of the longest and deadliest battles of the Second World War. This quiz will ask you about Okinawa's location, its significance to the war, and how Japanese soldiers fought during the battle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Name the island chain in which Okinawa is located
  • Identify the code by which Japanese soldiers lived
  • Recognize why the Battle of Okinawa differed from other Pacific Campaign battles
  • Determine why the Allies viewed Okinawa as a vital island to overtake
  • Understand the Japanese war strategy that involved suicide and extensive aircraft damage

Skills Practiced

This quiz will help you exercise the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - apply what you know about WWII to understand why Okinawa was such an important location for America and the Allies to control
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding Japanese battle strategy and code
  • Distinguishing differences - be able to understand why the Battle of Okinawa was different than other battles in the Pacific Campaign

Additional Learning

To further your understanding of this battle and its significance, review the related lesson called The Battle of Okinawa: Summary & Facts. The lesson goes over the following learning objectives:

  • Know the date when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor
  • Understand the mission of Operation Iceberg
  • Learn the amount of casualties that resulted from the Battle of Okinawa