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Japan didn’t have sights on U.S.

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November 4, 2010 | 21 Comments

EDITOR:

Mr. George Alger’s recent letter provided historical information leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His thesis was that the Japanese never had any intentions of invading the U.S. mainland after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Alger concluded by hoping his letter “stimulates readers.”

This letter provides additional information that supports his thesis on the Japanese intentions after the Pearl Harbor attack.

The Japanese War Plan, as of 6 September 1941 was:

1) Destruction of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and British/American air forces on the Malayan Peninsula and Luzon.

2) While British/American navies were decimated and disorganized, a quick conquest of the Philippines, Guam, Wake, Hong Kong, Borneo, British Malaya (w/Singapore) and Sumatra.

3) Once the above are secure, then Java and the rest of the Dutch Islands would be mopped up.

4) An intensive development of Malayan and Indonesian resources in oil, rubber, etc.

5) Establishment of a defensive perimeter running from the Kurile Islands though Wake, the Marshalls, around the southern and western edges of the Malayan Barrier to the Burmese/India border.

6) With these bases, Japan could cut the lines of communication between Australia and New Zealand and the U.S. and Britain.

7) Then Japan would proceed to completely subjugate China.

If these phases were successful, over half of the world population would be under the economic, political and military control of Japan.

After the Doolittle raid, Admiral Yamamoto planned to extend the defensive perimeter (Item 5 above) to include Midway Island to 1) prevent further bombing raids on Japan and 2) force an engagement to destroy the remains of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl. With the U.S. Pacific Fleet wiped out Japan could make her defensive perimeter impregnable and could organize her conquests (Items 2, 3 and 4.)

A large body of World War II historical information/books has been published. But nowhere can it be found that the Japanese had plans to invade the U.S. mainland. The Japanese Sept, 6, 1941, War Plan clearly does not involve the U.S. mainland. Thus Mr. Longhofer’s assumption in his Nov. 3 letter is dead wrong. The second paragraph is pure personal conjecture, e.g., “Hawaii would have been next, giving Japan a perfect staging area for future operations against our West Coast.” In Europe it was the British (with an assist by Polish cryptanalysts) who broke the German Enigma code.

The last paragraph is conjecture; for example, it ignores the German Wehrmacht finally running up against a stone wall and being defeated by the Russian army. One might also conjecture what would have happened if the German Wehrmacht had defeated the Russian Army as originally planned? Would codes have mattered?

Mr. Alger’s letter provided an analysis that correctly concluded the Japanese had no intention invading the U.S. mainland.

LARRY McHENRY

Pollock Pines

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 10:06 am

    Mr. McHenry, so the Japanese war plan of September 6, 1941 (assuming you are correct in stating such) was fixed and absolute, not to be changed by unfolding events. No changes, never to be altered. Carved in stone. No Number 8 ever? Appears you are making an assumption -- as your well know from your extensive military service in the War Plans Division in the Pentagon, plans are made to be changed as events unfold. As for my last paragraph being conjecture you then play the IF game of what would have happened if Germany had defeated Russia. How about if Germany had beat us in the development of the atom bomb? How about if Germany had been successful at the Battle of the Bulge? How about if Germany had their jet fighter online in 1943 and decimated the Eighth Air Force? How about if Germany had developed long range missiles? How about if Germany had brought up their Armored Divisions immediately and thrown our invasion forces back into the sea? So many IFs and that is the essence of war planning. You, Sir, would not have lasted one day in the War Plans Division. If you don't know your subject, best to remain silent.

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  • R.J. CarterNovember 04, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Japans attack on Pearl Harbor stemmed the strangle-hold of sanctions the US had imposed in opposition of the Sino-Japanese War they were waging in East Asia ..Our embargo was crippling the island's important pipeline of essential raw materials badly needed by Japan's war efforts....To make a long story short, even before the Pearl Harbor attack prompting the US to get involved in late 1941, Japan had already been at war for 5 grueling years, fighting with almost no supplies ..Then, over the next year, Japan suffered a series of defeats both on land and navel battles, along with having their codes broke...By late 1942 Japan was crippled, on the defense, and tossed off most the Pacific islands they had conquered in years previous..Long story short, other than the morning of September 9,1942, when a Japanese submarine surfaced off Brookings Oregon and launched two 170 lb. incendiary bombs into the woods, at no time did Japan ever posses the ways, means or ability to invade the U.S...We on the other hand, we entered and occupied Japan in August 1945 and stayed through 1951...As a blatant act of retaliation for our occupation, the Japanese then purchased Pebble Beach golf-course in Sept. of 1990..

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 10:31 am

    Now RJ, tell the whole story. You know it scared the heck out of Malibu when that sub lobbed those shells into Oregon (are you sure it wasn't in SOCAL?). Do the Japanese still own Pebble Beach golf-course? If so, this is concrete evidence that they invaded us and have secured a beach head on 17th Mile Drive. We must throw them back into Carmel Bay. USA, USA, USA!

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  • R.J. CarterNovember 04, 2010 - 10:44 am

    J.L.....Yes, while Pebble Beach was retaken by the U.S. in 1999, rumor has it a few Japanese hold-outs may still be living in the bunkers..LOL....

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 10:46 am

    RJ, this confirms that the Japanese had a #8 in their war plan of 1941. "Attack and secure the golf course in Pebble Beach California with round up of movie stars, specifically Clint Eastwood and Doris Day both known to be in the area and possible guerrilla leaders. Immediate stocking of Club House bar with sake."

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 10:48 am

    Boy, Doris Day was sure cute when she was 19 -- my love interest when I was 10.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 10:50 am

    And Doris rescues dogs. My kind of human being.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 10:57 am

    RJ, some holdouts still in the bunkers. Good one. Especially around hole 17 and 18.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 11:42 am

    I'd like to continue, but I have to take a break to caulk the bathtub. It's taken awhile to get the old caulk out, so I'm behind schedule and my wife is getting tired of being hosed off in the backyard. I'd prefer writing a check, but I couldn't find someone who would do this hard work -- and, it is hard taking out the old caulk -- try it sometime. Plus dangerous, as a couple of times I have slipped and almost took out the glass doors. If I survive this, I'll be back. Being a handyman/tile caulker is not among my skills.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    RJ, the Japanese sub shelled an oil refinery near Santa Barbara in February 1942. Then shelled again just north of Seaside, Oregon in June 1942, and in September 1942 a Japanese sea plane bombed near Brookings, Oregon. They also launched 9,000 balloon fire bombs against America using the jet stream for delivery. Only 300 were sighted or found.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Yes, I'm taking a break from caulking. Soon back to the task.

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  • R.J. CarterNovember 04, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    J.L.....Yes,...But, that only amounts to me taking a whiz next to my pile of firewood, it's nothing compared to raising the temperature of a couple of Japans largest cities to 5000 degrees in three seconds..Our real worry was Germany..As everyone knows, despite Churchill's best efforts of persuasion, America politely stayed out of WWII, for the first couple years..The reason behind this was because, at that time, we were still very friendly with Germany...Even to the point in the late 1930's many people thought our government might be in bed with the "Fatherland"...Keep in mind our country is widely founded by Germans and during the late 1930's and early 1940's an overwhelming contingent of Americans were of German descent...In 1795 the German or "Germanic" language came within just one vote of becoming our National language instead of English, ( a german guy was in the restroom)....Proof positive why the "Bomb" was only dropped in Japan and not dropped in Dutchland, only strategic target bombing there...But, I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Der Longhofer...Just kidding with the Der stuff!!....

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 6:32 pm

    Herr RJ, Homeland, Fatherland, hmmmmm. Actually, our bomb was first exploded in August 1945, so couldn't have dropped it on Germany as they surrended in May 1945. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the term homeland was first used in a speech by Deputy Fuhrer Hess in 1933, hmmmmm. It all comes together.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    Oh, yes, and the technique of enhanced interrogation was first used in Germany in 1934. Such a small world we live in.

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  • R.J. CarterNovember 04, 2010 - 6:43 pm

    Dang-it..Too funny..."Herr" was the word I was thinking of not "Der"...I knew you spoke German..It was just a test...Now I want to see your Green Card..LOL...

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    My citizenship was issued in Marion, Kansas on a hot day in July in a little white house on Roosevelt Street. No paperwork involved, just by virtue of being birthed. Hey, Roosevelt Street, maybe that's why I'm a Democrat.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 8:06 pm

    Good news for anyone that cares. I've finished caulking the bathtub. Now, wait 36 hours and we are back in business, bathtub/shower wise.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 04, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    Oh, yes, we have a second bathroom with a shower, so don't cry for us Placerville. I was just kidding about having to hose off my wife in the backyard.

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  • John GaronNovember 07, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    The Japanese originally never planned on invading the U.S. mailand simply because, in 1941, they did not have the capabalities-in manpower, ships,amphibious craft and planes--to do so. When we cut off their U.S. scrap steel supplies, Japan's sole interest was to quickly complete its Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and this goal necessitated neutralizing a possible U.S. intervention by its Pacific fleet. If, after Pearl Harbor, Japan thought "Hmmmm! Why not, maybe we can secure Pebbre Beach and Horrywood ", the battle of Midway closed the invasion idea forever.

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  • James LonghoferNovember 07, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Yes, indeed, the Battle of Midway shut them down (thank you code breakers). I think it was after the war they invaded with money and purchased lots of real estate

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  • John GaronNovember 07, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    Arrigato, Longhoffer-san!

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