Strategic planning for coalition warfare, 1941-1942 by Maurice Matloff

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14. These are printed as part of South America within sixty days, specifiExhibit 87, Pearl Harbor Hearings, Part 15, pp. cally in Brazil and Uruguay. General Mar1929-30. 16 See, for example: (1) ltr, Army member, JPC shall observed that, although the Army was [Lt Col Raymond S. Pratt] to JB, 12 Jul 28, sub: not able at once to send expeditionary Five Yr Programs of AAC and BuAer, JB 349, forces, the United States might at least "be 15 ser 392 (see pars 8 and 12) ; (2) ltr, CG Hawaiian Dept [Maj Gen William Lassiter] to Comdt Fourteenth Nav Dist, 26 Mar 31, JB 303, ser 494; (3) memo, Col Sherman Miles for ACofS WPD, 27 Dec 35, sub: Basis of Calculation on Peace and War Garrisons, Hawaiian Dept .

On 20 June General Watson told Major Smith that the matter would be dropped as a result of the War Department objections. (3) Cf. Watson, Prewar Plans and Preparations, p. 306. 20 Notes cited n. 14. 19 taken without arousing public curiosity or alarm. 21 General Strong also drew up a statement of the views of the staff on the questions that had been raised with regard to strategy during the morning meeting. He recommended that General Marshall and Admiral Stark should consider asking the President to adopt the following policies: 1st A purely defensive position in the Pacific.

The immediate need, upon the surrender of the British or French Fleet, would be to begin mobilizing, so as to be ready to send expeditionary forces a few months later. Meanwhile it would be necessary to take naval action. 18 STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR COALITION WARFARE Brig. Gen. George V. Strong then presented The Army was accordingly fearful of a the opinion of the Army planners who, con- Japanese reaction to the presence of the sidering that the British might be defeated, U. S. " General Marshall, in reply, in the Western Hemisphere but also because said that what mattered most was the un- it might take the form of an attack on Pearl certain fate of the British and French Fleets.

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