The allies against the rising sun : the United States, the British nations, and the defeat of imperial Japan /
Nicholas Evan Sarantakes.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2009.
xxi, 458 p. : ill.
0700616691 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780700616695 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2009.
0700616691 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780700616695 (cloth : alk. paper)
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ABC comes to Whitehall -- Churchill versus the chiefs -- The king's men in the loyal dominions -- A gathering of prime ministers -- The road to Quebec -- Codename: Ocatagon -- Canada -- Rain of fire -- Okinawa: sea battle -- The forgotten fleet at Okinawa -- Okinawa: land battle -- In the wake of iceberg -- MacArthur and Mountbatten -- The British Pacific fleet visits Japan -- Codename: Terminal -- Australia and New Zealand -- Let this day be done -- Conclusion: only the dead -- Epilogue: in the still of peace.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-08-01:
The title of this book requires some unpacking. The "British nations" involved are the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The time frame is not the whole Pacific war, but its final year, from the Quebec Conference in September 1944 to Japan's surrender 12 months later. Once Germany was defeated, what should Britain and her Dominions do with their wartime forces: recapture lost British colonies in Asia, or join the Americans for a bloody assault on the Japanese home islands? Working mostly with published primary sources, Sarantakes (US Naval War College) recounts the ferocious arguments among generals, admirals, and politicians from the US and the four "British nations" as they eventually decided on a British Pacific Fleet to bomb Japan, even if elements in the US Navy thought it was superfluous. If the Japanese had not surrendered in August 1945, there might also have been an RAF bombing force stationed in Okinawa and a British-Canadian-Australian army corps landing near Tokyo. Sarantakes's attempt to humanize leaders by describing their illnesses and marriages sometimes falls flat, but the passion in their disputes and the roles played by little-known Dominion figures makes this a fascinating read. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. J. R. Breihan Loyola University Maryland
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Main Description
In the annals of World War II, the role of Americas British allies in the Pacific Theater has been largely ignored. Nicholas Sarantakes now revisits this seldom-studied chapter to depict the delicate dance among uneasy partners in their fight against Japan, offering the most detailed assessment ever published of the U.S. alliance with Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Sarantakes examines Britains motivations for participating in the invasion of Japan, the roles envisioned by its Commonwealth nations, and the United States decision to accept their participation. He shows how the interests of all allies were served by maintaining the coalition, even in the face of disputes between nations, between civilian and military leaders, and between individual services-and that allied participation, despite its diplomatic importance, limited the efficiency of final operations against Japan. Sarantakes describes how Churchill favored British-led operations to revive the colonial empire, while his generals argued that Britain would be further marginalized if it didnt fight alongside the United States in the assault on Japans home islands. Meanwhile, Commonwealth partners, preoccupied with their own security concerns, saw an opportunity to support the mother country in service of their own separatist ambitions. And even though the United States called the shots, it welcomed allies to share the predicted casualties of an invasion. Sarantakes takes readers into the halls of both civil and military power in all five nations to show how policies and actions were debated, contested, and resolved. He not only describes the participation of major heads of state but also brings in lesser-known Commonwealth figures, plus a cast of military leaders including General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz on the American side and Admiral of the Fleet Sir Andrew Cunningham and Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke on the British. He also paints vivid scenes of battle, including the attack of the British Pacific Fleet on Japan and ground fighting on Okinawa. Deftly blending diplomatic, political, and military history encompassing naval, air, and land forces, Sarantakess work reveals behind-the-scenes political factors in warfare alliances and explains why the Anglo-America coalition survived World War II when it had collapsed after World War I.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on British Titles, Spelling, and Japanese Namesp. xv
Acronymsp. xix
Introduction: Truman's Funeralp. 1
ABC Comes to Whitehallp. 11
Churchill versus the Chiefsp. 29
The King's Men in the Loyal Dominionsp. 54
A Gathering of Prime Ministersp. 71
The Road to Quebecp. 86
Codename: Octagonp. 115
Canadap. 133
Rain of Firep. 148
Okinawa: Sea Battlep. 168
The Forgotten Fleet at Okinawap. 193
Okinawa: Land Battlep. 217
In the Wake of Icebergp. 236
MacArthur and Mountbattenp. 268
The British Pacific Fleet Visits Japanp. 288
Codename: Terminalp. 303
Australia and New Zealandp. 318
Let This Day Be Donep. 337
Conclusion: Only the Deadp. 356
Epilogue: In the Still of Peacep. 361
Notesp. 377
Bibliographyp. 427
Indexp. 445
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