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The Allied forces landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day which was the beginning of the end for the Axis forces in Europe. After that, it was a slow march across Europe and into Germany and eventually Hitler committed suicide to avoid arrest and conviction for his War Crimes. Japan refused to surrender when the other Axis powers had been defeated. Japan desperately wanted to control the islands of the Pacific. They truly believed that they were racially superior to the mixed races of Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada. After the Japanese military had been defeated and chased back to Japan, the Emperor still refused to surrender. Japan believed that they could hold out and continue to fight in order to gain better terms of surrender. They truly believed that the Allied forces would not be able to tolerate the losses that we would encounter if we invaded Japan. Our military was bombing many of the Japanese industrial areas in an effort to weaken the Japanese. The bombing caused entire cities to burn, killing hundreds of thousands in a single bombing raid. Still the Emperor refused to surrender. Finally, President Truman was given a choice of either sending in an invasion force or using the newly developed Atomic Bomb to let the Japanese know that we could destroy them if they refused to surrender. The Japanese people were prepared to fight to the death, every man, woman and child, at the beaches in an attempt to stop the invasion. They still believed that they had the right to the islands of the pacific, and that if they were invaded and subsequent occupation forced the destruction of their military, they would not be able to try to control the Pacific again. The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and still the Emperor refused to surrender. Finally, after the 2nd Atomic Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, the Emperor decided that it would be best to stop the destruction of his people. World War 2 ended with the unconditonal surrender of the Axis Powers.

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