The Downfall Collection
We chose Operation Downfall because it was the name given to the planned invasion to end World War II.
By mid-1945, it was apparent to General Douglas MacArthur; the Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific Area
that the collapse of Japan was near and the Allies had to plan for the invasion of the Japanese mainland – something that
he knew would be very costly in terms of lives lost.
Rosie the Riveter, who represented all the factory working women during World War II, had an integral part in helping
enriching the fuel for the first atomic bomb used in war. The Atomic Bombing on the Japanese cities
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 led to the eventual surrender of Japan,
preventing the Allied Invasion and saving millions of lives.