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Battle of Okinawa Leavenworth Paper - US Gov Doc
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FOREWORD
In
modern
military
literature,
there
is
no
more
pernicious
theme
than
that
the
day of
the
infantry-
manhas passed
us by,
overwhelmed
by
increasinglylethal
technology.
Japan'sBattleof
Okinawa,
the newest
of
the
Leavenworth
Papers
series,
takes
us
into the
world
of
the
modern
infantryman
and
illustrates
in
vivid detail Clausewitz' dictum that
combat
is
to
war
as
cash
payment
is
to
commerce.
Dr.
Thomas
M.
Huber's
work
is
unique:
for
the
first
time
in
English,
the
Battle
of
Okinawa
isanalyzed
from the
vantage
point
of
the
Japanesedefenders.
Basing
his
work
on
extensive
researchin
Japanese
military
archives,
Dr.
Huber
affordsthe
reader
a
view
of
the
Okinawa
battles
literallyfrom "the other
side of
the
hill."
Okinawa
was
the
most
sanguinary
of
the
Pacificisland
battles
of
WorldWar
II.
Its
occurrence
came
at
a
point
in
the
war
when
both
combatants
had
accumulated
years of
experience
in
planning
and
executing
complex
operations
on
island
terrain
and had developed
an
arrayof
fearsomely
lethal
weapons
whose
doctrines
ofemployment
were
in
full
bloom.
This meant
that
the
ground
at
Okinawa
would
be
contested
in
ways
that
were
reminiscent
of
the Western
Front of
World
War
I.
In
this
respect,
Leavenworth
Paper
No.
18 may
provide
its
most
valuable
service
by
depicting
a
part
of
World
War II
far
removed
from
the plains
of
Europe
that
are
so
familiar
to
us
today.
For,
although the tools
of
war
employed
in Europe
were present
on
Okinawa,
the
shape,
the
tempo,
and
indeed
the
character
of
the operations
on
Okinawa
were
entirely different
from
those
in
Europe.
Still,
the Okinawaoperations were
every
bit
as
testing
of
men
and
materiel
as
those
in
any
venue
of
battle
in
the whole
war.Professionalsoldiers
and
students
ofmodern
war
will
be
rewarded
by
reading
this
informative
and
insightful
study,
which
is so
suggestive
of
contemporary
problems
bearing
upon
the
employmentof
infantry
and
other
arms
in
high-intensity
combinedarms operations
in
inhospitable
terrain
against,
it
must
be
said,
an
implacable
and
skillful
enemy.
.
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May
1990
LEONARD
P.
WISHART
III
Lieutenant
General,
USA
Commandant
Leavenworth
Papersare
published
by
the
Combat
Studies
Institute,
U.S.
Army
Commandand Gen-
eral
Staff
College,
Fort
Leavenworth,
KS
66027-6900.
The
views
expressed
in
this
publication
are
those
of
the
author
and not
necessarilythose
of
the
Departmentof
Defense
or
any
element
thereof.Leavenworth
Papers
are
availablefrom
the
Superintendent
of Documents,
U.S.
Government
PrintingOffice, Washington,
DC
20402.
Leavenworth
Papers
US
ISSN
0195
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