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The First Eight Weeks: Douglas MacArthur and Japan, August-October 1945

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre
Louis L. Guy History Series

August 15, 2015 marked the 70th Anniversary of Japan’s surrender. War’s end was also peace’s beginning, and that transition set the tone for the future. Over eight weeks from mid-August to mid-October 1945, Douglas MacArthur stage-managed the transition from war to peace in such a way to ensure a good start to the Occupation of Japan. Join Christopher Kolakowski, Director of the MacArthur Memorial, for a special lecture that will explore how MacArthur successfully orchestrated the transition from war to peace, using everything from a steak to a photograph to the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay to establish Allied rule over the Japanese.

Free and open to the public


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Fort Norfolk
810 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


Norfolk Historical Society
P.O. Box 6367
Norfolk, Virginia 23508-0367

(757) 754-2004


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