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Old Friends New EnemiesVolume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945$
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Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen, and John Horsfield

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201502.001.0001

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Conclusion: Reluctant Enemies

Conclusion: Reluctant Enemies

(p.544) Conclusion: Reluctant Enemies
Old Friends New Enemies

Arthur J. Marder

Oxford University Press

The first section of this chapter discusses the consequences for Britain of early defeats in South-east Asia, the false position introduced by the Washington treaty, strategic calculations behind defence in the East, the effect of loss of French in 1940, the uncertain role of the US Pacific Fleet, and the function of Tom Phillips. The second section examines the reasons why IJN opted for war in 1941. It looks at the effect of German successes in Europe, the German invasion of Russia, the Japanese naval strength in 1941, and the difficult position of the IJN in late 1941.The third section discusses the different attitudes towards the war on the part of Dutch, British, and American commanders. The fourth section examines the Japanese way in war. The last section takes into account the lessons of the British experience.

Keywords:   South-east Asia, Britain, Tom Phillips, Pacific Fleet, Japan, Germany

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