BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Next: Skyrocketing

Overpowering naval and air power had wrought a sudden and massive change in the Pacific. Even conservative naval officers agreed that the U.S. was master of the Pacific.

Less than 18 months ago, when Marines in the Solomons hung by their fingernails to the first breach in the enemy's outer chain, the enemy's naval thrusts were met desperately. Now the Navy hoped for nothing better than that the Jap should come out and fight.

The talk among Navy men, no longer preoccupied with rosy dreams of inherent Anglo-Saxon superiority, was that the war...

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