I don't know. A war with islands like that, in terrain and environments the west aren't used to, only accessible by ship (planes didn't have the range to get to Japan from mainland America IIRC) Would have been a brutal, uphill battle. The japs were willing to fly planes in to boats and did not fear death. How do you fight an enemy on the ground like that? How do you fight through towns and cities without demolishing it with tanks/carpet bombs, without taking on heavy, heavy losses.lmao we would have won even if we had gone with Operation Downfall
It's guerilla tactics that spanked the Yanks and French in Vietnam and the Ruskies in Afghan. To name but a few.