By Louis Morton
For the U.S., complete involvement in global warfare II started and resulted in the Pacific Ocean. even though the accredited grand technique of the conflict was once the defeat of Germany first, the sweep of jap victory within the weeks and months after Pearl Harbor impelled the us to maneuver as quickly because it may well to stem the enemy tide of conquest within the Pacific. surprised as they have been by way of the preliminary assault, the yankee humans have been additionally united of their selection to defeat Japan, and the Pacific conflict turned in particular their very own affair. during this nice theater it was once the USA that ran the conflict, and had the choosing voice in answering questions of approach and command as they arose. The traditional surroundings made the prosecution of conflict within the Pacific of necessity an interservice attempt, and any actual account of it needs to, as this paintings does, take into complete account the perspectives and activities of the military in addition to these of the military and its Air Forces. those are the factors—a predominantly American theater of struggle protecting approximately one-third the globe, and a joint behavior of struggle through land, sea, and air at the greatest scale in American history—that make this quantity at the Pacific battle of specific value this present day. it's the capstone of the 11 volumes released or being released within the Army's global warfare II sequence that take care of army operations within the Pacific region, and it really is one who should still command broad awareness from the considerate public in addition to the army reader today of world stress.
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The 6 Quoted from Captain David Porter's Journal by Dulles, America in the Pacific, p. 100. 15 first was acquired, with the Aleutians, by purchase from Russia in 1867 and gave the United States many more thousands of miles of Pacific coast line as well as an arc of islands extending far across the north Pacific. Midway, which was discovered by an American vessel in 1859, was formally annexed the same year as the Alaska purchase, and about the same time other small islands between it and Hawaii were acquired.
For Japan, this meant conflict with the stronger Western Powers. But on the Asiatic continent lay a weakened China and it was there that Japan sought the fulfillment for her dreams of empire. And it was there, in China and Manchuria, that the seeds for conflict with the United States were sown. PART ONE THE ROAD TO WAR Am I deceived, or was there a clash of arms? I am not deceived, it was a clash of arms; Mars approaches, and, approaching, gave the sign of war. OVID For as the nature of foul weather lieth not in a shower of rain but in an inclination thereto of many days together; so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary.
Such a course, he told the Secretary of War with feeling, would damage the prestige of the United States in the eyes of the world, would have a "disintegrating and demoralizing effect upon our people," and could end only in national dishonor. "I feel sure," General Wood told the Secretary, "that when you and the President realize the effect of this on our future . . , steps will be taken at once to see that the Army and Navy assume that the Philip14 Ltr, Secy War to CG Phil Dept, 27 Jul 22, cited in Ltr, Wood to Secy War, 5 Feb 23, JB 305, ser.