Japan's High Tide

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Re: Japan's High Tide

Post by AginAf » 08 Oct 2023 21:13

CLEARLY JAPAN'S OFFENSIVE PHASE OF WWII WAS GUIDED BY A STRATEGY THAT CALLED UPON HER SUPERIORITY IN WEAPONS QUALITY, BACKED A WELL TRAINED AND ENDOCTRINATED FIGHTING FORCE WHOSE WILL, BUSHITO, WOULD OVERWHELM THE WEAK AND POORLY ORGANIZED AND ILL PREPARED COLONIAL FORCES OF ALLIED POWERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC REGION. THIS STRATEGY LARGELY WORKED TO GAIN THE IMPERIAL FORCES THEIR INITIAL OBJECTIVES IN THE WEALTHY ECONOMIC REGIONS THAT THE EMPIRE VITALLY NEEDED TO PURSUE HER OBJECTIVES AS THE PRIME ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND MILITARY POWER IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC.
THE SUCCESS OF THIS EFFORT LED TO THE ONSET OF THE "VICTORY DISEASE" AMONG NATIONAL, STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL LEADERS AS SWELL AS THE TROOPS THEMSELVES.
HOWEVER, AS ALLIED POWERS INITIATED COUNTER ATTACKING OPERATIONS IN 1943, THE JAPANESE INCREASINGLY FOUND THEIR HEADLONG OFFENSIVE ATTACKS, BASED ON BUSHIDO, TO BE NOT ONLY UNSUCCESSFUL, BUT WASTEFULY EXPENSIVE. EQUIPMENT & MANPOWER LOSSES WERE SHOCKING DESPITE THE POLITICALLY EXTRAORDINARY COOPERATION OF EFFORT BETWEEN ARMY AND NAVY FORCES (INTENSE SERVICE POLITICAL RIVALRY BETWEEN THE SERVICES WAS LARGELY FOCUSED IN TOKYO, NOT IN THE FIELD.)
ACCORDINGLY, THE SERVICES BEGAN TO STRUCTURE THEIR SUBSEQUENT INDIVIDUAL STRATEGIES SEPARTLY.
THE NAVY REMAINED HOPEFUL OF DRAWING THE AMERICANS INTO A FINAL FLEET BATTLE AFTER ATTRITING ITS PROGRESS WESTWARD IN ISLAND HOPPING OPERATIONS WITH CONVENTIONAL AIR, SURFACE AND SUBMARINE ATTACKI, AND INCREASINGLY KAMIKAZE ATTACKS. EVENTUALLY THIS OBJECTIVE TRANSITIONED INTO ONE THAT SOUGHT THE DEMISE OF AMERICAN WILL TO CONTINUE THE WAR DUE TO THEIR HUGE LOSSES, AND A NEGOTIATED PEACE.
FOR ITS PART, THE JAPANESE ARMY ABANDONED KAMIKAZE LIKE BUSHIDO-TYPE BONSAI GROUND ATTACKS, EXCEPT AS LAST RESORT, AND TURNED TO ARMY BASE DEFENSE OF ITS ISLAND BASTIONS IN GREAT DEPTH, A TACTIC IN WHICH THE JAPANESE ARMY FLAG OFFICERS EXCELLED BY ANY NATION'S STANDARDS.. AGAIN, THE IDEA WAS TO DEFEAT AMERICA'S WILL TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT THANKS TO ITS GREATLY INCREASED LOSSES IN THOSE SCENAROS, ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE COST OF THE ENDGAME ASSAULT OF THE HOME ISLANDS WHICH HOUSED 67 % OF THE ARMY, AND WHICH HAD DEVELOPED NEW MODERN WEAPONS.WEAPONS, SUPPLIS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THAT DEFENSE.WERE HOARDED FROM LATE 1943 FOR THAT DEFENSE. THE ARMY AIR FORCE JOINED NAVY AIR IN THEIR OWN KAMIKAZE ATTACKS, WITH HALF TRAINED NEW PILOTS FLYING THE KAMIKAZES IN DATED AIRCRAFT, AND SURVIVING ACES FLYING NEW MODERN AIRCRAFT IN NEW MISSIONS.
THE CIVILIAN POPULATION WAS INCREASINGLY ORGANIZED INTO INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CAVE PRORECTED INDUSTRIES AS THE GERMANS HAD DONE AT TE END IN EUROPE.IN SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS, JAPANESE RETIRED OFFICERS TRAINED DEPENDENTS IN WEAPONS AND GUERRILLA WARFARE.
THIS COMBINED EFFORT WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE THE ALLIES PAUSE ABOUT THE HUMAN COST HOME ISLANDS INVASION, AND REVERSAL OF THEIR UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER POLICY RE JAPAN, AND AGREEMENT TO A NEGOTIATED SURRENDE POLICY.
THE HUGE US CASUALTIES INCURRED AT SAIPAN, IWO JIMA AND OKINAWA CERTAINLY SENT THAT MESSAGE OF INTENT TO THE US LEADERSHIP.
FACING A POTENTIAL LOSS OF A MILLION NEW US CASUALTIES AND MANY MORE CASUALTIES FROM A SURRENDERED JAPANESE POPULATION, AS WELL AS A EUROPEAN BASED DRAFT U.S. MILITARY IN EUROPE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE TOLD THAT THEY HAD MORE FIGHTING AND DYING TO DO IN FIGHTING THAT WOULD LAST AT LEAST INTO 1946 AND POSSIBLY INTO 1947, IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE WHY PRESIDENT TRUMAN DESIDED TO TAKE THE 2 NUCLEAR WEAPONS OPTION.

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Re: Japan's High Tide

Post by LineDoggie » 09 Oct 2023 02:15

Just a Hint- don't post all capital letters, and use paragraphs and spacing so no wall of text
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Re: Japan's High Tide

Post by daveshoup2MarDiv » 10 Jan 2024 06:34

Peter H wrote:
31 Mar 2012 21:11
"Large success in battle off Midway"
Well, that's one way to put it ...

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Re: Japan's High Tide

Post by BayonetOnAZero » 10 Jan 2024 20:06

AginAf wrote:
08 Oct 2023 21:13
CLEARLY JAPAN'S OFFENSIVE PHASE OF WWII WAS GUIDED BY A STRATEGY THAT CALLED UPON HER SUPERIORITY IN WEAPONS QUALITY, BACKED A WELL TRAINED AND ENDOCTRINATED FIGHTING FORCE WHOSE WILL, BUSHITO, WOULD OVERWHELM THE WEAK AND POORLY ORGANIZED AND ILL PREPARED COLONIAL FORCES OF ALLIED POWERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC REGION. THIS STRATEGY LARGELY WORKED TO GAIN THE IMPERIAL FORCES THEIR INITIAL OBJECTIVES IN THE WEALTHY ECONOMIC REGIONS THAT THE EMPIRE VITALLY NEEDED TO PURSUE HER OBJECTIVES AS THE PRIME ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND MILITARY POWER IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC.
THE SUCCESS OF THIS EFFORT LED TO THE ONSET OF THE "VICTORY DISEASE" AMONG NATIONAL, STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL LEADERS AS SWELL AS THE TROOPS THEMSELVES.
HOWEVER, AS ALLIED POWERS INITIATED COUNTER ATTACKING OPERATIONS IN 1943, THE JAPANESE INCREASINGLY FOUND THEIR HEADLONG OFFENSIVE ATTACKS, BASED ON BUSHIDO, TO BE NOT ONLY UNSUCCESSFUL, BUT WASTEFULY EXPENSIVE. EQUIPMENT & MANPOWER LOSSES WERE SHOCKING DESPITE THE POLITICALLY EXTRAORDINARY COOPERATION OF EFFORT BETWEEN ARMY AND NAVY FORCES (INTENSE SERVICE POLITICAL RIVALRY BETWEEN THE SERVICES WAS LARGELY FOCUSED IN TOKYO, NOT IN THE FIELD.)
ACCORDINGLY, THE SERVICES BEGAN TO STRUCTURE THEIR SUBSEQUENT INDIVIDUAL STRATEGIES SEPARTLY.
THE NAVY REMAINED HOPEFUL OF DRAWING THE AMERICANS INTO A FINAL FLEET BATTLE AFTER ATTRITING ITS PROGRESS WESTWARD IN ISLAND HOPPING OPERATIONS WITH CONVENTIONAL AIR, SURFACE AND SUBMARINE ATTACKI, AND INCREASINGLY KAMIKAZE ATTACKS. EVENTUALLY THIS OBJECTIVE TRANSITIONED INTO ONE THAT SOUGHT THE DEMISE OF AMERICAN WILL TO CONTINUE THE WAR DUE TO THEIR HUGE LOSSES, AND A NEGOTIATED PEACE.
FOR ITS PART, THE JAPANESE ARMY ABANDONED KAMIKAZE LIKE BUSHIDO-TYPE BONSAI GROUND ATTACKS, EXCEPT AS LAST RESORT, AND TURNED TO ARMY BASE DEFENSE OF ITS ISLAND BASTIONS IN GREAT DEPTH, A TACTIC IN WHICH THE JAPANESE ARMY FLAG OFFICERS EXCELLED BY ANY NATION'S STANDARDS.. AGAIN, THE IDEA WAS TO DEFEAT AMERICA'S WILL TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT THANKS TO ITS GREATLY INCREASED LOSSES IN THOSE SCENAROS, ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE COST OF THE ENDGAME ASSAULT OF THE HOME ISLANDS WHICH HOUSED 67 % OF THE ARMY, AND WHICH HAD DEVELOPED NEW MODERN WEAPONS.WEAPONS, SUPPLIS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THAT DEFENSE.WERE HOARDED FROM LATE 1943 FOR THAT DEFENSE. THE ARMY AIR FORCE JOINED NAVY AIR IN THEIR OWN KAMIKAZE ATTACKS, WITH HALF TRAINED NEW PILOTS FLYING THE KAMIKAZES IN DATED AIRCRAFT, AND SURVIVING ACES FLYING NEW MODERN AIRCRAFT IN NEW MISSIONS.
THE CIVILIAN POPULATION WAS INCREASINGLY ORGANIZED INTO INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CAVE PRORECTED INDUSTRIES AS THE GERMANS HAD DONE AT TE END IN EUROPE.IN SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS, JAPANESE RETIRED OFFICERS TRAINED DEPENDENTS IN WEAPONS AND GUERRILLA WARFARE.
THIS COMBINED EFFORT WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE THE ALLIES PAUSE ABOUT THE HUMAN COST HOME ISLANDS INVASION, AND REVERSAL OF THEIR UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER POLICY RE JAPAN, AND AGREEMENT TO A NEGOTIATED SURRENDE POLICY.
THE HUGE US CASUALTIES INCURRED AT SAIPAN, IWO JIMA AND OKINAWA CERTAINLY SENT THAT MESSAGE OF INTENT TO THE US LEADERSHIP.
FACING A POTENTIAL LOSS OF A MILLION NEW US CASUALTIES AND MANY MORE CASUALTIES FROM A SURRENDERED JAPANESE POPULATION, AS WELL AS A EUROPEAN BASED DRAFT U.S. MILITARY IN EUROPE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE TOLD THAT THEY HAD MORE FIGHTING AND DYING TO DO IN FIGHTING THAT WOULD LAST AT LEAST INTO 1946 AND POSSIBLY INTO 1947, IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE WHY PRESIDENT TRUMAN DESIDED TO TAKE THE 2 NUCLEAR WEAPONS OPTION.
Next time, please don't post in all caps and if you are, space them out into paragraphs. This is difficult to read and would appear to anyone else as spam.
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