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By David Fraser

First released in 1983 and written via a pre-eminent historian of the British military, this can be the definitive historical past of the British military within the moment international conflict: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories, throughout all theatres of operations from the outbreak of conflict with Germany in 1939 to the ultimate defeat of Japan in 1945.

Here the reader will locate grand procedure on the maximum point, but additionally the truth of command within the box and the adventure of wrestle for the infantry, gunners and the tankers because the British military fought its manner in the course of the battle. yet peculiarly this can be a complete, authoritative and vividly written account of the British military within the moment international warfare because it got here to grips with, and after all triumphed over, its enemies within the box.

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The Japanese occupied two of the islands, Attu and Kiska, as an adjunct to their Midway operation. The Japanese thus faced a number of complex possibilities at the end of Stage One operations. The War History Series explains these possibilities in terms of the choices that the Japanese war leadership faced. The difficult decisions were made in a spirit of detachment and consensus, although decisive leadership from the top was lacking. It is true that the Japanese became overconfident in their abilities to wage war at this point in the war, but it is incorrect to characterize battles such as those of Coral Sea and Midway as the product of a nationwide malady called victory disease (sensho ˉ -byo ˉ ).

9 Any Stage Two operations undertaken by Japan had to take this brute fact into account. Initially, the army was skeptical even of a blockading operation designed to sever Australia from the United States because it perceived the operation as extending the boundaries of the empire beyond the original vision. 10 On the basis of prewar planning and the experience of the Russo-Japanese War, the navy too envisioned limited goals. It still saw the destruction of the American fleet as its primary objective.

Thus was born the idea to blockade shipping between Australia and the United States. 5. To the southeast stood the island groups of Fiji, Samoa, and New Caledonia. The FS Operation plan evolved over time, but as finally conceived, it was to be an attack on all three. The attack would accomplish two things. First, it would provide Japanese diplomats with increased power. An isolated Australia might be persuaded to join the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere as an adjunct partner, or in any event, Australia would be knocked out of the war as a lethal enemy of Japan.

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