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November 18, 2010 Japanese= goal is to kill 10 Americans before you are killed. Day in and day out torture. Swarms of mosquitoes, flies, torrential downpours… Characters involved: Macarthur in charge of southwest pacific Northern route- not viable Most viable group is through the central pacific, and will take you through a series of islands. Must acquire bases to support next move, put airfields and airfields in… First step: the Gilbert Islands. Second: Marshall Islands Third: Truk=Carolina and Raboul=New Britain =must be taken by the Americans b/c Japanese create problems from these two areas. Four: Mariano Islands, small, atolls, dealing with real island, much bigger. Finally, Okinawa. Our planners could have chosen one route, (the central) let’s put all of our forces in the Central pacific, but they will definitely prioritize the army over the navy. In addition, we have already committed ourselves to the South Pacific route. In the end, we decide to do both. Move towards Japan from the South and Central Pacific. It has the advantage of hitting Japan from two different sides and keeping Japan guessing and didn’t know where America was going to move next. The Japanese are dug in and ready for American attack, but they are going to attack very few of these Islands. The Japanese forced to defend massive amount of territory. CHARACTERS: 1. US= Douglas MacArthur. 2. US=Navel Side= Chester Nimitz=really good boss, not arrogant 3. US= William Bull Halsey= incredibly aggressive, big football player, probably the most aggressive and most anti-Japanese figure in US Navy. There is great racial dimension in the
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Pacific War. Americans hated Nazis, but wasn’t a racial aspect. Treatment of prisoners is
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course HIST 351 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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