Hold the Pacific!

Hale, William Harlan
September 1941
New Republic;9/29/41, Vol. 105 Issue 13, p394
Focuses on the U.S. naval readiness in the wake of warnings by the U.S. to Japan for appeasement. Report that the press in general is speaking with gratification of the new milder tone of Tokyo, Japan; Inferiority of the American fleet in comparison to the Japanese warships; Military indecision of the U.S. over the possible war with Japan; Evaluation of Japan's new size and weakness through map; Strategic options of the U.S. in the wake of war with Japan; Recommendation of the strategy of quick descent and hard punch by the experts; Report that in recent American fleet maneuvers the Command experimented with tactical units of a new kind--speedy striking forces of great power that were detached from the main, slow-moving body in order to attack the enemy's flanks or to draw him toward a point where the main force could get at him; Use of new high speed battleships by the U.S. in the possible war with Japan.


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