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By Brian McAllister Linn

In a entire research of 4 many years of army coverage, Brian McAllister Linn deals the 1st certain background of the U.S. military in Hawaii and the Philippines among 1902 and 1940. so much money owed specialise in the months previous the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. by means of interpreting the years sooner than the outbreak of battle, Linn offers a brand new viewpoint at the complicated evolution of occasions within the Pacific. Exhaustively researched, Guardians of Empire lines the advance of U.S. protection coverage within the sector, targeting process, strategies, inner protection, kin with neighborhood groups, and army expertise.
Linn demanding situations prior stories which argue that military officials both overlooked or denigrated the japanese risk and remained unprepared for warfare. He demonstrates as a substitute that from 1907 onward army commanders in either Washington and the Pacific have been vividly conscious of the chance, that they constructed a chain of plans to stay away from it, and they in reality identified--even in the event that they couldn't solve--many of the issues that will turn into tragically obvious on 7 December 1941.

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J. Q. Adams, Terry Anderson, Joseph Dawson, Roger Beaumont, and James Bradford. Special thanks to Mary Johnson and Walter, Vickie, and C. Davis Buenger. Thomas Hendriksen, Ramon Myers, and the incomparable Wendy Minkin treated me with great kindness and consideration at the Hoover Institution. At Yale University, I benefited from the support of Sir Michael Howard, Paul Kennedy, and Howard Lamar. My co-Fellows, Rich Muller, Page xvi John Caldwell, James Schepley, Semion Lyandres, and Wen-hsin Yeh, took an active and beneficial interest in my work.

Army. Between 1899 and 1902 the Philippine War alone required some 125,000 Regular and Volunteer soldiersnecessitating an almost threefold expansion of the small and self-contained Regular Army and drastically altering its composition. Some officers rose to the challenge, but many a grizzled veteran of the "Old Army," already weakened by the ravages of Cuba, proved incapable of adjusting to the demands of war. William T. 22 But the uneven performance of the upper command, mired in decades of routine as junior officers, was not as disastrous as might be expected.

But the isolation and the early assumption of responsibility that afforded so much opportunity were also a threat to discipline. Both civil duties and small-unit combat required initiative and pragmatism, and encouraged officers to act first and request approval afterward. As might be expected, they often found themselves at odds with the high command, to whom Major John H. "24 The strains and animosities among officers created by service in the Philippines would contribute greatly to factionalism and divisions within the new imperial army.

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