Sugar Loaf Hill (Asato-Ryokuchi)

This hill formed the western anchor of the Shuri Line defense during the Battle of Okinawa (1.4.1945 - 23.6.1945). The 6th Marine Division was ordered to capture the hill. The fighting for this hill lasted from 16 to 18 May 1945 and eventually resulted in the capture of the hill by the U.S. Army. The Japanese lost thousands of soldiers against 2,662 American casualties.

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Source

  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Wikimedia Commons (1,2) & Department of Defense Photo (3)