Rabaul 1943-44 : Reducing Japan’s great island fortress
by Mark Lardas, Mark Postlethwaite
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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In 1942, the Japanese navy massif of the base and airfield at Rabaul was a standing fortress in the Allied way from Tokyo.It was impossible to seize Rabaul, or starve to death the 100,000-strong garrison.Instead, the usa began an innovation, contested two years ago, the air of a campaign to attract his teeth, and allow them to completely bypass the island.The struggle decided more than the fate of RabaulIf successful, the Allies should demonstrate a new form of warfare, where the power of the air, with the judicious use of naval and land forces, would eliminate the need to occupy objective ground in order to control it.As it turned out, the Rabaul Headquarters proved to be more accurate than a successful demonstration of air power – it gave the roadmap for the rest of the Second World War in the Pacific.
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