World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: The Island Road

The basic course of U.S. strategy in the war against Japan was changed last week. Outwardly, it had already changed to some extent because of the worsening situation in China, marked by General Stilwell's recall. But the U.S. joint Chiefs of Staff had long known the sad truth about China's military plight and had discounted its effects. What really and radically changed the picture was the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea.

This was no Tsushima (which decided a war), but neither was it a Jutland (in which the victors lost more than the vanquished and failed to realize they...

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