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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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In the Doldrums

In the Doldrums

(p.190) VIII In the Doldrums
Old Friends New Enemies

Arthur J. Marder

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The first section of this chapter describes the pressures on Somerville to take the offensive, the American need for carriers, Allied strategic priorities, the implications for Somerville and ‘Anakim’, American naval thinking on the war against Japan, Admiral King, and Admiral Cunningham. The second section considers fleet action and commerce protection. The third section describes Somerville's reluctance to convoy, operational research conclusions on convoys vs. independent sailing, Axis collaboration, Japanese reluctance to share data with their allies, the limitations of the British, the inhabitability of British submarines in the tropics, and the impossibility of British submarines taking the offensive against the Japanese.

Keywords:   James Somerville, Anakim, Japan, American navy, Axis, British submarines

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