World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Action & Reaction

With Allied forces holding a firm footing on Luzon, Japanese strategists, meeting in Tokyo last week, had to make up their minds on many vital questions. Should they try to hold any part of their southern conquests? Should they continue to reinforce Luzon, to drag out the delaying action, and thus buy time? Should they dispose their forces for an archipelagic war or for a continental war?

There was evidence that the top Japanese command was bent upon prolonging the war at any cost. Their dispositions on Luzon fitted such an intention: of...

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