By Glen Williford, Terrance McGovern, Chris Taylor
Before everything of the twentieth century, the army value of the Hawaiian Islands turned transparent. Oahu specifically was once a key bastion in projecting America's army energy within the Pacific. The island was once became an army fort - and but it additionally turned the location of 1 of America's maximum shielding mess ups, the japanese assault of December 7, 1941. via the top of worldwide battle II, the harbor itself was once the main seriously defended on this planet, and the island had earned the sobriquet "Fortress Oahu". This identify records the advance of the coastal, air and land protection structures that served to guard Pearl Harbor and Honolulu from 1907 to 1950, and seeks to appreciate why those failed at a serious aspect.
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We’ll use them to make these incidents look goddam real. We’ll put them in Polish uniforms and leave them dead on the ground as if they had been killed during the attack. They’ll be given lethal injections and we’ll also provide them with gunshot wounds. ” Mueller told Naujocks he would let him have one of these dead “Poles,” complete with the lethal injection and gunshot wounds. ’ “ They laughed. “Operation Canned Meat” was off to a promising start. On August 25, Naujocks rehearsed the attack with his men, but without the dead Pole.
The Germans had touched off one of the largest secret munitions dumps in Poland. Its very existence was known only to a few of the highest Polish officers. How did the Germans know about it? The answer was given by inference a few days after the conclusion of the campaign. A group of foreign newspapermen was taken on a conducted tour to the ruins of Warsaw, and Colonel von Wedel, their guide from the High Command’s press section, was asked to explain the secret of this amazing success. The colonel answered with unusual candor: “Victory was due to our superior arms and to our superior intelligence service” Intelligence and espionage have figured prominently in all of history’s great wars, but never before had the debt the warlords owed to their spies been so publicly acknowledged.
He walked to a map on the wall and pointed to marked spots in Eastern Germany. “The incidents are to take place in this general area,” he said, “around Gleiwitz in Upper Silesia, and here at Pitschen, near Kreuzburg, at Hochlinden near Ratibor, and in Gleiwitz itself. ” His bony index finger came to rest on a particular spot on the map. “Here at Gleiwitz,” he said, “we have a radio station. It will be your job to stage an incident there. Party Comrade Mueller is in personal charge of these operations.
Defenses Of Pearl Harbor And Oahu 1907-50 by Glen Williford, Terrance McGovern, Chris Taylor