Trueman also rewrote history in his memoirs in order to portray himself in a better light.MacArthur knew nothing of the bomb until it was dropped, and always claimed it was not needed
And Empire. And Japanese. How many of us would not be around because our grandfathers were KIA in Japan?
The US wanted the U.K. key at arms length. The US would provide, or fail to provide support in Burma as from the US perspective, they didn’t want French, British or Dutch support in the campaign as rightly or wrongly the US perceived our/their main aim was to reestablish colonial rule. Which to a certain extent is true.I think less than you imagine, but a lot more than desirable.
Remember we were going to be going ashore with five years experience of warfare, and the best kit we could devise based upon that experience. We also had massive overwhelming logistical support and firepower in place. It would not be like the campaigns elsewhere in the world where we had been stretched thin robbing Peter to pay Paul. The operation was the entire might of the Allies scientific, military and sheer muscle turning round and stomping on Japan. In return the Japanese had nothing apart from fanatical indoctrination, manpower and terrain, the latter of which we had experience of fighting in as well elsewhere.
That said it was likely going to be nasty and bloody. I expect the troops would have quickly resorted to blasting their way forward with massive amounts of firepower, and any Japanese seen near them would be shot on sight.
Thing is though, I've heard some historians say that the US didn't want us anywhere near the operation, and were planning on doing it as a solely US operation. In which case, we'd all still be here!