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1925 Reporter Predicted Japanese Pearl Harbor Atta

1925 Reporter Predicted Japanese Pearl Harbor Atta

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1925 Reporter Predicted Japanese Pearl Harbor Assault - The GreatPacific War Remember Pearl Harbor?Thirty many years in the past this week - on Dec. 7, 1941 - Americanshad this location and this date etched in their memory.But the Japanese had a retentive memory then that enabled them tostyle the sneak attack, and subsequent Pacific naval war, from thepages of a guide created sixteen many years previously by an Englishreporter.It is a startling but true undeniable fact that Hector C. Bywater,naval correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, prophesied thePacific campaign of Globe War II in uncanny detail in 1925.Evidence printed only a year ago by William H. Honan within theAmerican Heritage, proves that the Japanese substantial commandfollowed Bywater's blueprint almost to the letter - all except thewarnings that Japan couldn't defeat an aroused Usa."The Great Pacific War" opens with Japan's seizure of Manchuria,Formosa and Korea. "But in therefore pursuing a coverage which aimedin the virtual enslavement of China, Japan had inevitably drawn uponherself the hostility of the Powers," wrote Bywater.An ensuing trade of diplomatic notes between Japan and the Usa arereferred to as "bellicose" and "truculent" around the part of Japanand "courteously worded" by the People in america who're "determinedto prevent the catastrophe of war." It is in the midst of thesenegotiations that Japan strikes by shock.Bywater wrote that the "complete destruction" of the U.S. Pacificfleet would come off Manila Bay as our Asiatic Squadron cruisedin open sea. This was among the book's couple of variations fromsubsequent actuality.At a time when the plane provider was hardly more than an experiment,Bywater predicted that the Japanese attack would be led by carrier-based airplanes!Simultaneously using the surprise assault around the U.S. fleet,Bywater postulated the Japanese would invade Guam and also thePhilippines. He said the Guam assault would start with air bombardmentadopted by naval bombardment and the landing of troops by specificallydesigned amphibious vessels."Large motor-propelled barges or pontoons were carried on board theJapanese transports for landing tanks and artillery," wrote Bywater.Following fitful skirmishes, he concluded, the American Marines couldbe compelled to surrender, as was the situation on Dec. ten, 1941.The real Philippines invasion by the Japanese in the begin with thePacific war followed carefully the script set down by Bywater."The chief danger the Japanese perceived," wrote Bywater, "would comefrom the American aircraft. Moreover, thirty devices of a new andpowerful kind would have just arrived in the United states."In reality, thirty-five new B-17 Flying Fortresses did start arrivingin late November 1941 and several flew into Pearl Harbor whilst theJapanese assault was underway.Hostilities in the Philippines would begin when Japaneseplanes "heavily bombed the aerodrome at Dagupan," said Bywater. Within
the real attack Clark Field - which had replaced close by Dagupan -was bombed and strafed.Bywater wrote the Japanese would give a wide berth to the fortress atCorregidor guarding Manila Bay and also the seriously fortified baseon Subic Bay till the islands had been secured. Then, the bypassedpowerful points would be starved and bombed into submission - asprecisely occurred within the real life occasions.Bywater's predictions with the Philippines invasion integrated majorlandings "at Lingayen Gulf, northwest of Manila, and in Lamon Bay inbetween Cabalete and Alabat Islands southeast of Manila." The twoforces would then converge on Manila "simultaneously from north andsouth."The second biggest island of the Philippine archipelago, Mindanao,would be invaded having a landing at Sindangan Bay.The complete invading force, he estimated, would consist of "anapproximate power of 100,000 males."Bywater's knowledgeable estimate was astonishing.The Japanese invading power consisted of one hundred,000 men.There have been two primary landings on the Island of Luzon - one atLingayen Gulf and also the other at Lamon Bay, precisely in betweenCabalete and Alabat islands!A third main landing celebration attacked the island of Mindanao.Bywater postulated the United states must defeat Japan having a slow,island-by-island march across the Pacific. The route he traced wasonly somewhat south of that really traveled by American admiralsduring the early 40's.Bywater imagined that once the People in america were inside strikingdistance of retaking the Philippines, the Japanese Navy would bemassed to stop them. The 2 navies would then battle a tremendous navalengagement that might become the turning point with the war. It was asthough Bywater noticed the Battle of Midway in his mind's eye.Even the desperate Kamikaze tactic of fanatic Japanese airmenwas foreseen by Bywater. Seeing defeat imminent, the Japaneseaviators "never hesitated to ram when otherwise balked of their prey,preferring to immolate themselves," he wrote.Bywater did not foresee the atomic bomb, but he did predict adramatic finish of the war. He wrote that the Usa, desiring to spareitself and the Japanese he horror of all-out invasion, carried outa "demonstration" air raid on Tokyo in which the "bombs" containedleaflets urging the Japanese to surrender rather than "waste morelives."Common Jimmy Doolittle did lead a demonstration bombing raid againstTokyo, of course; and, later, millions of leaflets were showered onJapanese cities.In Bywater's account the demonstration did carry the Japanese to theirsenses along with a treaty of peace was signed stripping the enemy ofnumerous of its island belongings."The Great Pacific War" was printed while Isoroku Yamamoto - theadmiral who masterminded the Japanese naval technique in World War II- was an attaché using the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C.The novel was highlighted within the New york Times' widely circulatedbook section in 1925, and also the Japanese embassy registered an

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