- 03-06-2012, 01:07 #1
US Marines island hopping.
Dear ARRSers,whilst having read many books regarding the US in the Pacific campaign, and also having seen the series The Pacific.Why didn't the Yanks just bypass some islands for example Peleaue,(excuse spelling) and just starve them out,with a blockade etc. Would have saved a lot of casualtys?I am no historian just EX Cav that's why I'm asking the brethren please for a sensible answer.
- 03-06-2012, 01:16 #2
- 03-06-2012, 01:19 #3
Because that blokes collection of sand from each island would have been severely lacking if they hadn't.
Chosen job - cunt
10 meters swimming - passed
Driving licence - passed
Literacy - you can read this can't you?
Numeracy - 1+1=2
- 03-06-2012, 01:25 #4
I'm sure leaving the Japanese at the rear to cause serious harm to your stretched supply lines would have been an excellent idea !!Quanti canicula ille in fenestra.
- 03-06-2012, 01:47 #5
- Join Date
- May 2007
- Hong Kong
A lot of it was to do with needing to have airfields."YOU - Assume the position!"
- 03-06-2012, 01:55 #6Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!
- 03-06-2012, 02:12 #7
- Join Date
- Sep 2005
North Field (Tinian) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Captured by the Marines who took Saipan.
That and the Island Campaigns were an oportunity to fix the effective Japanese forces in one place and then kill them as the code of Bushido forbade surrender or retreat when defending the empire. We were skint, the US were skint, waiting them out was not an option.
Last edited by Buzz; 03-06-2012 at 03:15.
- 03-06-2012, 03:19 #8
- Join Date
- Jul 2006
Think of every island as a aircraft carrier. If you by pass them then every ship in aircraft range of those islands is at risk.
Also as pointed out above you cant launch B29 bombers from aircraft carriers and US was launching thousand bomber raids into japan at the end of the war from islands captured.
US did use a by pass strategy in ignoring Japanese forces in China almost entirely.
Last edited by Siddar; 03-06-2012 at 03:38.
- 03-06-2012, 04:04 #9
- Join Date
- Jan 2007
- Georgia, USA
Simples--US Marines are not in the habit of bypassing any enemy forces....alive that is."A democracy cannot survive as a permanent form of government. It can last only until its citizens discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority (who vote) will vote for those candidates promising the greatest benefits from the public purse, with the result that a democracy will always collapse from loose fiscal policies, always followed by a dictatorship." Lord Thomas MacCauley 1857
- 03-06-2012, 04:26 #10
Actually, they did bypass islands - quite a few of them.
“After the Battle of Midway, the United States launched a counter-offensive strike known as "island-hopping," establishing a line of overlapping island bases, as well as air control. The idea was to capture certain key islands, one after another, until Japan came within range of American bombers. Led by General Douglas MacArthur, Commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific, and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, the first stage of the offensive began with the Navy under Nimitz, and Marine landings on Guadalcanal and nearby islands in the Solomons.
From that point on, Nimitz and MacArthur engaged in "island-hopping" amphibious drives that bypassed strongly-held islands to strike at the enemy's weak points. In an effort to liberate the people of the Philippine Islands, MacArthur pushed along the New Guinea coast with Australian allies, while Nimitz crossed the central Pacific by way of the Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas, Carolines, and Palaus. Both campaigns would entail seemingly endless, bloody battles — ultimately leading to the unconditional surrender of the Japanese. “