[Please read the Scuttlebutt page for more on how these sources relate to X-Day: Japan and Kyushu Diary.]
A page-by-page listing of many minor references used in the book are found in the blog category “References“.
The World War Two Database,
The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia,
HyperWar, A Hypertext History of the Second World War,
Military History Encyclopedia,
Militarian Military History Forum,
US Militaria Forum,
Armchair General Forums,
Yank Magazine, archived at unz.org,
The Marine Corps Chevron, archived at Princeton University Library,
US Navy Patrol Squadrons,
Legends in Their Own Time (WW2 aircraft),
Regular blog including many items on Operation Olympic and the end of World War Two,
Keegan, John, editor, Atlas of the Second World War. Ann Arbor, MI: HarperCollins with Borders Press, 1989
Zaloga, Steven J.; Defense of Japan 1945. Long Island City, NY: Osprey, 2010
Green, Bob, Okinawa Odyssey. Albany, TX: Bright Sky Press, 2004.
Pyle, Ernie; Brave Men. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1943.
Pyle, Ernie; Here Is Your War. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1943.
Pyle, Ernie, Ernie’s War: The Best of Ernie Pyle’s World War II Dispatches. Ed. David Nicols. New York, NY; Random House, 1986.
Sledge, E. B., With the Old Breed. New York, NY: Random House, 1981.
Tatum, Chuck, Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima. New York, NY: Berkley, 2012.
Tregaskis, Richard; Guadalcanal Diary. 1943. New York, NY; Random House
Yahara Hiromichi, The Battle for Okinawa, trans. Roger Pineau and Masatoshi Uehara. New York, NY; John Wiley & Sons, 1995.
Hoffman, Col. Jon T., USMCR; Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC. New York, NY; Random House, 2001.
Stoler, Mark A., George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century. New York, NY, Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1989.
Sloan, Bill, Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944 – The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Sloan, Bill, The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945 – The Last Epic Struggle of World War II. New York, NY: Simon & Shuster, 2007.
Eastern philosophy and history:
Cleary, Thomas, ed. and trans., Training the Samurai Mind: A Bushido Sourcebook. Boston, MA; Shambhala, 2009.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Trans. Samuel B. Griffith. London: Oxford University Press, 1963.
Musashi Miyamoto; The Book of Five Rings. Trans. William Scott Wilson. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2012.
Some of our favorite historical fiction explores other endings of WW2, such as if atomic bombs were dropped on cities to force Japan’s surrender, or if the bomb simply wasn’t available:
Giangreco, D. M., Hell to Pay – Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009.
Frank, Richard B., Downfall – The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire. New York, NY: Penguin, 1999.
Conroy, Robert; 1945 – What if Japan Hadn’t Surrendered in World War II? New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 2007.
Coppel, Alfred; The Burning Mountain – A Novel of the Invasion of Japan. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. [This superlative bit of fiction can be faulted only for glossing over the invasion of Kyushu.]
Japan with Ryukus,
High quality scans of the original pre-invasion maps prepared by the U.S. Army are available from the University of Texas. In the same collection is a larger scale set for all of Japan, from 1954.
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/kyushu/ [1945, 1:50,000 scale, 20 m elevation lines, VERY detailed]
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/japan/ [1954, 1:250,000 scale, 100 m elevation lines, shaded]