The Pacific War and Contingent Victory: Why Japanese Defeat by Michael W. Myers

By Michael W. Myers

Concerning the Allies' victory within the Pacific in WWII, it is going nearly with no query that Japan's defeat used to be inevitable within the face of overwhelming American army may and financial energy. however the final result, Michael W. Myers contends, was once truly whatever yet inevitable. This e-book is Myers's thorough and deeply trained clarification of the way contingent the "foregone conclusion" of the conflict within the Pacific relatively was once.

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 shortcoming of a unmarried person with the information, imaginative and prescient, and authority to formulate and enforce powerful process. either exercised management by means of committee, and Myers cogently explains how this contributed to the contingent nature of the clash. A awesome workout in logical tools of strategic pondering, his publication analyzes decisive campaigns within the Pacific struggle, interpreting the industrial and strategic demanding situations that either side confronted and needed to triumph over to accomplish victory. Japan, for example, had objectives going into the struggle: to extend the limits of what they termed the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and to finish their lengthy and difficult conflict in China. those targets, as Myers indicates us, had unexpected and devastating logistical and strategic outcomes. however the usa confronted comparable problems--as good as different hurdles particular to a state now not but on complete battle 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 battle that may simply were, the e-book bargains old classes in considering modern American overseas coverage and American exceptionalism--most saliently in regards to the risks of the presumption of yankee ascendancy.

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19 The Joint Liaison Conference was the venue where various strategic ideas would be introduced and solutions hammered out in negotiation between the two main services of the army and navy. Negotiation between the army and navy occurred at every level, from the highest level in the Joint Liaison Conference to relatively minor operations involving regiments or battalions of troops and small fleets or task groups. 20 Admiral Yamamoto, commander of the Combined Fleet until his death in April 1943, wielded power and formulated strategy in his area of the Pacific Ocean much like Nimitz did in the Central and Northern Pacific.

The possibility that such a plan might have succeeded implies that the Japanese defeats at Coral Sea and at Midway were not simply milestones; they changed the path that the war would take. The FS Operation was postponed and later canceled; the overland operation to take Port Moresby via the Kokoda Trail was commenced. Two comments need to be made at this point. First, the Japanese execution of Stage Two operations might have gone better than they did. The prosecution of the war had a decisive Discerning Japan’s Strategic Possibilities 27 effect on its outcome.

The blockade of Australia depended not only on the occupation of Fiji, Samoa, and New Caledonia, and the resultant severance of Allied air traffic over this giant swath of the Pacific Ocean, but also on the reduction of Allied shipping from the United States to Australia. Thus, the decisive naval battle that was sought by invading Midway was not a battle to be fought simply for its own sake, for the sake of sinking warships, or for the purpose of single-handedly bringing the United States to the negotiating table.

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