I disagree that the Japanese in WW2 were defeated more because of their weakness rather than the strength of the Allied forces. The Japanese weaknesses included their incapability in managing the empire they took on. The strengths of the allied powers included their intelligent military strategies, an example was the "Island Hopping Strategy of Attack" used by America. Also, the dropping of two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had an impact on Japan which caused them to surrender. The term "defeated more" refers to the factor which had the greatest impact on Japan, causing them to be drove to a state of devastation and have no other way than surrender unconditionally.
With this was the losses of lives of both the American and the Japanese. Military options were considered in the effort to conquer. Invasion could be seen as an ideal option as America were in the superior position to Japan as they had the advantage of battleships, cruisers and aircrafts. The Japanese economy could not compete with the industrial strength of America but Japan had 2,300,000 troops and America had 650,000 troops. An invasion of Japan would be a difficult task and would be incredibly
They lost the bulk of their fleet and did not have the time or resources to rebuild, at least not at the pace of the Americans. This is ironic given that knowledge of the inverse, namely America’s shortage of ships and carrier aircraft following Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Coral Sea, was what inspired Japan to proceed with an attack. The Battle of Midway marked the last time the Japanese had a solid grasp on the Pacific. Admiral Yamamoto remained in command, but, after his defeat at Midway, his reputation was not so grand. This remained appropriate because Yamamoto was less effective after Midway with the Japanese on the defensive.
Model Essay Student’s Name Section Number Why the Atomic Bombs Saved Japan. The decision to use nuclear weapons to stop the War in the Pacific by President Harry S. Truman in August, 1945 remains controversial to this day. Most of Truman’s critics, the so-called revisionist historians, argue that Japan wanted to surrender and had already been defeated, making the use of atomic bombs unnecessary. They say the bombs were used mainly to demonstrate America’s power to intimidate the Soviet Union. The historians who support Truman, sometimes called the traditionalists, agree that Japan had been defeated but argue that Japan was not ready to surrender and was, in fact, preparing for one last great battle that would have cost millions of lives.
The attack came in two waves, the first of which consisted of 183 planes and the second of which consisted of 167 additional planes. This surprise attack had been building for some time, ever since the United States imposed sanctions and an embargo against Japan earlier in the year. This was done as an attempt to disrupt Japan’s military action against the rest of Asia, which Japan did not appreciate and so Admiral Yamamoto began planning an attack, which would bring the United States into World War 2 despite its multiple declinations to get involved militarily. “A day which will live in infamy,” a declaration from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, made on
Both I think backfired somewhat because they caused America to come together and fight the enemy. On a calm Sunday morning on December 7, 1941, the Japanese shocked the world by bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The bombing happened because the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Pearl Harbor could foil their plans to attack the American mainland. As insurance, the Japanese navy undertook an operation to cripple the Pacific Fleet by a surprise air attack. It succeeded.
This was the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. They did this without warning and without a formal declaration of war. As a result of this attack, more than 2000 Americans were killed, along with over a thousand being wounded. The attack was meant to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Japanese were planning in Southeast Asia. This led to the U.S. to abandon their support for non-interventionism, declaring war on Japan and entering World War II.
Downfall The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire Book Analysis By Cameron Kyle Summary The book Downfall is an interesting perspective of the Pacific War between the Allied Powers and Imperial Japan; the interest stems from the lack of clarity throughout the text as to whether the author holds sympathy for the Japanese, or supports the justice behind the massive losses. The text itself, written by Richard B. Frank, describes in gruesome detail the means by which an end to the war was achieved in the late summer of 1945, (September 2). There is an underlying sense of American dominance throughout the duration; Japan is credited with insignificant victories early on, yet the bedrock message of the book is devastation. The damage done to the Japanese Navy, Infantry, and civilian population was immense; the homeland was densely covered in corpses, charred and desolate for miles, and overpopulated in areas deemed safe so much that starvation killed as well, while the military was massacred with nearly 100% casualty rate in nearly every battle. The book starts off with a summary and detailed description of the March 9-10th raid over Tokyo.
Was Japanese-American relocation a military necessity? In the 1940s the United States displayed an unconstitutional act of discrimination. On December 7, 1941 the Japanese infiltrated a naval base, instilling fear into the American minds. After the Japanese caught the Americans by surprise in an attack, the American people were lead to believe that the Japanese were tricky, inscrutable, deceitful and treacherous people (Japanese Relocation: A Loaded Weapon). There were reports that some Japanese people were spying and developing a plan to sabotage the West Coast, however none of these claims were ever proven (Powell, page 135).
Leading up to Pearl Harbor, the U.S., along with Britain, East Indies and the Netherlands, formed an oil and steel agreement against Japan that did not allow these materials to be traded with them, this embargo later caused major panic in Japan due to the restricted resources. The attack on Pearl Harbour occurred on the island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. It was here that the seven naval ships (of eight) were heavily damaged by the torpedoes and bombs dropped from the Japanese’s aeronautic surprise attack. The attack on Pearl Harbour was a major tactical victory by the Japanese, however as a result of the attack, the United States declared war on the Empire of Japan, resulting in the declaration of war from Germany and Italy; opposing the United States. This tactical feat included multiple significant leaders; Chuichi Nagumo and Isoroku Yamamoto were the Commanders/Leaders of the attack.