By Michael Myers

ISBN-10: 0700620877

ISBN-13: 9780700620876

ISBN-10: 0700620885

ISBN-13: 9780700620883

Concerning the Allies' victory within the Pacific in WWII, it is going virtually with out query that Japan's defeat used to be inevitable within the face of overwhelming American army may perhaps and monetary strength. however the final result, Michael W. Myers contends, used to be truly something yet inevitable. This publication is Myers's thorough and deeply educated rationalization of the way contingent the "foregone end" of the battle within the Pacific particularly used to be.

However disproportionate their respective assets, either Japan and the Allied forces faced major stumbling blocks to final victory. One the 2 facets shared, Myers indicates, was once the inability of a unmarried person with the information, imaginative and prescient, and authority to formulate and enforce powerful procedure. either exercised management by way of committee, and Myers cogently explains how this contributed to the contingent nature of the clash. A notable workout in logical equipment of strategic considering, his ebook analyzes decisive campaigns within the Pacific battle, studying the industrial and strategic demanding situations that either side confronted and needed to conquer to accomplish victory. Japan, for example, had ambitions going into the battle: to extend the limits of what they termed the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and to finish their lengthy and not easy warfare in China. those ambitions, as Myers exhibits us, had unexpected and devastating logistical and strategic results. however the usa confronted comparable problems—as good as different hurdles particular to a country now not but on complete warfare footing.

Overturning traditional historiography, The Pacific warfare and Contingent Victory clarifies the right kind dating among freedom and determinism in old considering. A compelling retelling of the Pacific warfare that will simply were, the ebook deals ancient classes in pondering modern American international coverage and American exceptionalism—most saliently in regards to the hazards of the presumption of yank ascendancy

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During the summer of 1941, Kuroshima and Watanabe went further. They “studied the feasibility of amphibious landings on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. ”25 Kuroshima and Watanabe noted that the US Pacific Fleet would have to be severely damaged in order for the attack to succeed. As it turned out, the Pearl Harbor attack did severely damage the Pacific Fleet, but the fleet might have been totally destroyed if the Japanese had augmented the Pearl Harbor strike force with the First Fleet, the bulk of the Japanese navy’s battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, based at Tokyo and unoccupied by other duties during the initial phase of the Southern Operation.

2. To the west lay China. The Japanese saw the ongoing war in China as an effort to defeat the Nationalist regime of Chiang Kai-shek and bring China under control of a regime open to Japan’s leadership and hegemony on the continent. The war in China was a difficult struggle because both Nationalist and Communist Chinese resisted the Japanese and saw the presence of the Japanese army as encroaching on Chinese sovereignty. ”3 At that time, the army envisioned redeploying the freed troops to Manchuria.

18 At first zen-gen sakusen continued to imply a great battleship battle after submarines had effected attrition on the American fleet, but the concept of the great battleship battle itself was eventually dropped. Coral Sea marked a further evolution of the decisive battle concept as aircraft carriers superseded battleships as the most important element of the fleet. The attritional nature of the war in the Pacific as it unfolded transformed the concept yet again, so that now there might be a number of decisive battles at many places, or a series of them.

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