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> Wyatt Reader wrote: > > Harbor As A Catastrophe -- Oahu and Invasion of Hawaii > > From: Wyatt Reader > > . . . With destruction of the Navy Fleet at Pearl there was > little to stand in the way of a follow up invasion, unless > the Army forces in Hawaii were able to stand off any such > attack. Most US forces were then, located east of Hawaii in > California and it was not until 1942, of course, that new > volunteers and draft elements of US forces were sent to > Hawaii. Little might have been able to withstand Naval > actions all the way to California it would seem. > ================ Earlier commenters have explained some of the reasons that an invasion of Hawaii would have been extremely difficult in late 41--early 42. I will just make 2 more observations. One. We have an existence proof of sorts of how hard such an invasion would have been given the limited Japanese logistic capabilities. The U.S. landed troops on Guadacanal in the summer of 42. The Japanese were unable to regain control of the island even though it was within range of land-based Japanese aircraft and at the end of the U.S. logistics chain. Relatedly, it is unlikely that the Japanese would have been able to keep aircraft in operation over Hawaii for more than a few days from the beginning of the invasion. Aircraft carriers run out of fuel. Ground-based aircraft suffer combat losses and other failures. Without air support, Japanese ground troops would have been at great risk. Second. Hawaii is about 2600 miles from the West Coast of the U.S. but about 3800 miles from Japan. Thus, one U.S. freighter would match about 1.5 Japanese freighters in resupply capacity. In a prolonged battle, the U.S. would have been able to supply Hawaii far more effectively than would the Japanese. Chuck ====================== Charles L. Jackson Charles Jackson <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----