Blood, Gas & Morality

In his high, airy office in Manila, with the glare of summer Sun cut down by Venetian blinds, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur conferred with General Joseph W. Stilwell. The commander of all Army forces in the Pacific and the commander of all the Army's ground forces had a knotty problem to resolve: how to deploy more than 3,500,000 men for the final onslaught against Japan.

Not even these two able strategists could know precisely what sort of campaign they must prepare for. Japan supposedly has 1,750,000 men under arms, ready to defend the homeland. Would they fight to the...

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