From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day: The American Armed Forces in by Clayton D. James, Anne Sharp Wells

By Clayton D. James, Anne Sharp Wells

Earlier than this e-book, common readers who sought after a compact yet accomplished background of yank army motion in global struggle II had nowhere to show. Now, during this concise, lucid, and balanced account, D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells give you the first one quantity historical past of the U.S. defense force within the warfare. analyzing the method, logistics, excessive command, operations, and home-front points of the army crusade, they narrate the tale .in a little greater than 2 hundred pages, with a readability and viewpoint that just about any reader will have fun with. as well as describing the most important operations and battles, and studying process and strategies, From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day comprises crisp pix of significant army leaders and a heritage of political, diplomatic, fiscal, and social advancements within the warring international locations. additionally receiving consciousness are the position of ladies and minorities within the army; the relation of militia body of workers to the yankee domestic entrance; the effect of know-how; and the breakthroughs of communications intelligence. In a last bankruptcy the authors think about the results of the battle for American society and recommend that romanticized perspectives of the clash may still ultimately be laid to leisure.

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Draftees million members of the armed forces in proximately one-sixth of American males 1941-1945. served in Apthe military during the war. 4 million) "had medical defects that war effort. " The regular armed forces were augmented by women who volunteered for service. In 1942 Congress, responding to projections of Women's Auxiliary manpower Army shortages, authorized the Corps, later shortened to Women's 8 FROM PEARL HARBOR TO 1 Army Corps (WAC). Also formed were the navy's V-J DAY Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES), the Coast Guard's SPARs, and an unnamed force of women in the marines.

The Combined Chiefs reserved to themselves the West European and Mediter- ranean theaters, as well as the Atlantic. The American chiefs proceeded quickly to establish two Pacific theaters: Pacific Nimitz, and the Ocean Areas, under Admiral Chester W Southwest Pacific Area, under General Douglas MacArthur. In MacArthur's sphere, Australia proved to be an unexpected bonus, calling home her veteran divisions and air THE TOP LEVELS 29 from the desert war in North Africa and contributing huge quantities of suppHes and numbers of troops for MacArthur's operations.

Communications intelligence, however, had its limitations. The Germans and Japanese never learned during the war about Allied breakthroughs on Purple and Enigma messages, mainly because of extreme Anglo-American security. This meant that sometimes Ultra knowledge could not be conveyed to forces in harm's way for fear of risking Ultra's disclosure. Limits were also imposed by the small number of persons on the distribution list of Ultra revelations. Certain senior commanders who had Ultra clearance, including MacArthur, Patton, and General Mark W.

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