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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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The Road to the Java Sea

The Road to the Java Sea

(p.21) II The Road to the Java Sea
Old Friends New Enemies

Arthur J. Marder

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The first section of this chapter discusses the British grand strategy, the British Service Chiefs' and Churchill's view of the situation, Churchill's desire for an immediate counter-offensive, the Service Chiefs' caution and determination to limit losses, and the ‘Arcadia’Conference in Washington. The second section is about the ADBA Command. It describes the naval situation in the East Indies, naval strategy and dispositions, the courage of ships evacuating civilians from Singapore, the defects of inter-Allied co-ordination, and the Royal Navy's patronizing appraisal of the US Navy. The third section examines the Japanese strategy in the East Indies, the economic stakes, the devastating raid on Port Darwin, the Allied forces in the Java Sea, American successes and failures, the sorties of Admiral Doorman against Japanese transports, and the war strategy as viewed from Whitehall.

Keywords:   ADBA Command, United States, Singapore, Royal Navy, US Navy, Admiral Doorman

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