World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: 94-to-6

Japanese strategy in the south Pacific is both clear and intelligent: to hold every inch of this outer rim as long as possible; to make every Allied move as expensive as possible. But Jap tactics in applying this strategy have been wasteful. Last week they put on one of their worst performances of the war, and paid for it.

Over Guadalcanal and the outlying Russell Islands suddenly appeared 120 Jap aircraft, only 16 less than the U.S. and Australians used in the Bismarck Sea. Just what the Japs hoped to accomplish with this formidable force was hard to see: no...

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