The Horrors of War and the Battle for Okinawa
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New March 2023! The horror of war is emphasized in Buzz Bissinger’s book, The Mosquito Bowl, because he wants his readers to understand the true toll war brings.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: US History-194**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • The numbers Bissinger gives for casualties on Okinawa are staggering. Have students research other World War II battles to compare casualty numbers and discuss similarities and differences in civilian and military deaths among the battles.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

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