Over The Beach: U.S. Army Amphibious Operations in the by Donald W. Boose Jr., Combat Studies Institute (U.S.), Army

By Donald W. Boose Jr., Combat Studies Institute (U.S.), Army Combined Arms Center (U..S.)

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However, by May 1942 the Japanese had defeated US, Australian, British, and Dutch forces; occupied Burma, Malaya, the Indies, and the Philippines, as well as Wake Island, Guam, and Rabaul in the Bismarck Archipelago; and had established footholds on the northeast coast of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. ) The Japanese offensive began to falter in May 1942 when the Japanese launched an amphibious operation to capture Port Moresby on the south­ eastern coast of New Guinea for use as a base from which to threaten Australia.

Under this plan, the Army would reinforce Alaska with 7,000 troops, Hawaii with 25,000 troops, and the Panama Canal Zone with 15,000 troops. Neither the Philippines nor Guam would receive reinforcements. Guam was undefended in accordance with the Washington Treaties and was expected to fall quickly. 47 The third area of Joint Board deliberations relevant to amphibious operations was the publication of guidance for expeditionary warfare. 48 In 1929 the Joint Board published Joint Overseas Expeditions—Tentative.

Initially operating with Army-owned and chartered ships and then in con­ junction with naval forces under Flag Officer Louis M. 14 The capture of New Orleans by forces of Butler and Navy Flag Officer David G. 15 The Army operated transports on the Western rivers throughout the war and, until they were turned over to the Navy in October 1862, maintained a small force of gunboats. The Western theater also saw the operation of a unique Army amphibious force—the brainchild of Lieutenant Colonel Alfred W.

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