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Heinrich George wrote:
As to the possibility of the war ending, the average person expected the fighting in the Pacific to go on for at least another year. They also were aware that the fighting was getting harder, reflected in the casualties at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. People expected the invasion of Japan to be even worse.
Certainly people were glad the war was being won, but they really looked forward to peace, rather than simply victory.
ROLAND1369 wrote: One of the things not usually mentioned is that all military ID cards of the period, whether for volenteers or draftees, read " duration[ of war] plus 6 months, I still have my fathers.
wm wrote:It was certainly a tragedy for everyone who lost his/her loved one, but during the WW2 7 million Americans died from the natural causes.
So in fact for every 18 funerals, some unlucky citizen of the US had to attend in that time, only one was of a soldier who died in battle.
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