Accession Number:

ADA279663

Title:

Japanese Operational Plans in World War 2: Shortfalls in Critical Elements

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

Nearly fifty years have passed since the end of World War Two in the Pacific theater of operations. Since then, the reasons and elements that contributed to Americas victory and Japans defeat have been exhaustingly analyzed by scholars and historians. This essay will examine just one element of that war -- Japanese operational plans. The thesis of this paper is that key and recurring components in Japanese war plans did not support attainment of their operational objectives. The essay will identify central elements in Japanese doctrine, operational level tactics, training, and leadership. These elements will be explored against the historical backdrop of three Japanese operations the plan to invade New Guinea the attack on Midway and the plan to repel the U.S. landing on the Philippines. From this, several key and recurring shortfalls in the Japanese operational plans will emerge. Japanese, World War II, Operational planning

Subject Categories:

  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE