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  1. Who has the Littlefield Jumbo??
  2. The British took the same measures in Indonesia, taking Japanese troops, rearmed, into suppression of the anti-Dutch independence movement when India requested the return of their troops. One Japanese tank regiment commander was so effective that he was nominated for a UK Military Cross, which was quietly ignored. At the same time, JA and IJN troops had been assisting the rebels with training, arms and so forth. Talk about strange bedfellows!
  3. On the contrary, the IJN doctrine for engaging the USN was based upon the prewar Diminution Plan explained best in 1969 by Captain and later AF General Genda: Specifically a plan of attrition waged upon the advancing USN until it was too weak to win a battle line engagement in the vicinity of the Marianas https://www.jstor.org/stable/44641120?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents As for a war of production, both Japan and Germany went to war with broken finances and insufficient production capacity to overcome the Allies, most of which were safe from immediate invasion.
  4. Probably no difference; Halsey was so ill he likely would have let his air planner Miles Browning run the show, which is what Spruance did in the event. By sending Halsey to the hospital, this capable combat leader was then able to take over the Solomons naval campaign at a time of greatest need. Certainly individual skippers had some success with their number 1 priority, sinking enemy warships, but their commanders failed miserably in the way they botched scouting for their own fleet and providing screening barriers against enemy task forces. This arguably cost them dearly at Midway,
  5. Any attempt to dominate the Pacific against the US and UK demanded exceptional long range fleet submarines. The IJN in the event copied the U-Cruisers of the WWI German Navy to create their big I-Boats. Operationally the IJN sub force remained sub par and the floatplane raid they planned later in the war would have been easily thwarted by the Panama Canal defense force, which was not asleep as was the case at Pearl Harbor.
  6. Bypassing Truk was a typical Nimitz initiative, typical of the level of command influence that he wielded. He had no direct command over men, aircraft and ships for the most part, although his beaching Halsey and elevating Spruance just before Midway was exceptional, also insightful.
  7. I posted this not long after joining TankNet, shortly after the earth cooled. I think It's worth circulating again. It was part of an exhibit in the Imp War Museum. Cheers!
  8. I'd say that the JA showed some of the same tendencies as did the German Heer. In the division and corps staff organizational tables the German logistics officers Ic. were several ranks junior to the Ops staff officer, Ia. Accordingly Ops had the lead in planning and the logistics staff had the responsibility to provide sufficient support in their planning to facilitate the Ia officer's plan. Since failure was not acceptable the planners had to produce something that at lease sounded good enough. https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/Germany/HB/HB-2.html
  9. I'd agree with Marlborough making it a dead issue. That's the reason I chose the subjunctive form 'may have been'
  10. Monty may have been Britain's greatest soldier, whereas King was one of a dozen or so excellent sailors and commanders.
  11. In the Solomons Campaign the JA had the IJN withdraw troops that otherwise would have been lost: Guadalcanal, New Georgia and New Britain come to mind. The IJN submarine force was hobbled later in the war by the burden of resupply to bypassed Japanese garrisons, not that they were very effective otherwise by then.
  12. The JA never left PNG, but when bypassed by MacArthur's drive on the P.I. staunchly held their positions under starvation conditions.
  13. The latest volume of Coast Defense Journal has an article by expert researcher and Philippine defense specialist Glen Williford on the "Manila Bay fortifications and defenses of the Philippines Harbor Defenses through the Camera of the Conqueror." Of interest to some of us perhaps is this pic of US M3 light tanks obtained by the Japanese with the unconditional surrender of the Philippines by the US commander. The terms of surrender in those days usually included the turnover of all arms and equipment intact. The first five or so tanks in the foreground are clearly M3 light tanks, but it will
  14. Australian researchers discovered that the Japanese 17th Army shipped its troops to Guadalcanal with a basic 5-days of supplies.
  15. He was quite overbearing when it suited him. USMC senior officers were shocked to learn that he thought he understood ground combat tactics because he had commanded a regiment as a midshipman at the Academy!
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