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Okinawa 1945: Planning Operation ICEBERG

Published on: December 7, 2021


On 1 April 1945, U.S. forces invaded the Japanese home island of Okinawa. It was the largest joint amphibious assault mounted during World War II in the Pacific Theater. The invasion of Okinawa was the culmination of three years of operations in the Pacific against Imperial Japan. The film explores the planning and preparation for Operation ICEBERG from September 1944 to 1 April 1945.

“Okinawa 1945: Planning Operation ICEBERG” examines the U.S. Army operations process as well as planning by echelon from field army, corps, and division with special emphasis on current Joint doctrine. This film is the first in a two-part series covering Operation ICEBERG and the U.S. Tenth Army’s securing of Okinawa.

Mission Statements


The Army University Press Films Team creates documentary films designed to teach current U.S. Army doctrine using historical case studies. By integrating archival film and historical photographs into the film, along with virtual terrain, visual graphics, and animated maps the films are both educational and entertaining. The AUP documentaries make doctrine more accessible, understandable, and enjoyable for professional development at all levels. AUP Films works in conjunction with the Combined Arms Center, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, Army University, Army Centers of Excellence, and other Professional Military Education programs to select relevant doctrine and historical topics as the basis for its documentary films.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


1. Due to COVID-19 archival research is limited, which caused the Films Team to coordinate with those whom already had the textual and visual materials necessary for the production of our films.

2. The members of the Films Team work with the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, appropriate Army Centers of Excellence, and Army University in order to determine what doctrine will be highlighted in a film.  A historical battle, operation, or campaign is then selected as the lens through which the doctrine is viewed.  Our goal is to make films that are both educational and entertaining.   

3. The stills and motion pictures used in our films come from archives, libraries, museums, collections, and personal donations.  AUP Films acquires these resources through archival research trips and from digital collections.  We often collaborate with the National Archives, Presidential Libraries, the US Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, and the Combined Arms Research Library at Ft. Leavenworth. Additionally, we use personal images and film when granted permission by the owner.

4. We are currently researching topics ranging from the American War for Independence to the Global War on Terror.  We are working on films discussing the battle for Okinawa, operations in the Burma during World War II, the lead-up to Operation Torch, and a series of films highlighting battles memorialized by the streamers attached to the U.S. Army Flag. The first film of this series will be on the battles at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War.