Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – The Last Great Battle of the Second World War

Wed 23 Sep

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

12.00pm - 1.00pm

In Conversation | In Venue & Online

Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – The Last Great Battle of the Second World War

Award-winning historian Saul David looks back at the Battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest engagements of the Second World War.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Crucible of Hell


Almost a quarter of a million people died during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, making it the bloodiest American battle of the Pacific Campaign. The death toll included thousands of Japanese citizens who died by suicide, convinced by their own country’s propaganda that they would be raped or murdered by the enemy.

Join renowned historian Saul David as he sheds new light on the battle, making use of eyewitness accounts and declassified documents to tell personal stories from both sides of the conflict. It is a history of emperors and presidents, generals, servicemen and civilians.

He will discuss how the horror of the battle heavily influenced the decision by President Truman to drop atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, an act that had profound consequences for the modern world.

Saul David is an award winning historian and broadcaster who has written extensively on military history. His past publications include The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (2002), 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won, 1914-1918 (2013), and Operation Thunderbolt (2015). He has also written three historical novels set in the late Victorian period. He often appears on British radio and television, and is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham.

A copy of Saul David's book Crucible of Hell: Okinawa, The Last Great Battle of the Second World War can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase at the National Army Museum on the day of the event or via a link on the virtual event page.

Date & time

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
12.00pm - 1.00pm


Foyle Centre
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT


Online: FREE

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