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  1. 1. 1925 Reporter Predicted Japanese Pearl Harbor Assault - The GreatPacific WarRemember Pearl Harbor?Thirty many years in the past this week - on Dec. seven, 1941 -Americans had this location and this date etched in their memory.However the Japanese had a retentive memory then that enabled them tostyle the sneak assault, and subsequent Pacific naval war, from thepages of the guide written sixteen many years formerly by an Englishreporter.It is a startling but true fact that Hector C. Bywater, navalcorrespondent for that London Daily Telegraph, prophesied the Pacificcampaign of Globe War II in uncanny detail in 1925.Evidence printed just a year in the past by William H. Honan withinthe American Heritage, proves the Japanese high command adoptedBywaters blueprint almost towards the letter - all except thewarnings that Japan couldnt defeat an aroused Usa."The Fantastic Pacific War" opens with Japans seizure of Manchuria,Formosa and Korea. "But in therefore pursuing a coverage which aimedin the virtual enslavement of China, Japan had inevitably drawn onherself the hostility of the Powers," wrote Bywater.An ensuing trade of diplomatic notes between Japan and the Unitedstates are referred to as "bellicose" and "truculent" on the componentof Japan and "courteously worded" from the People in america whoare "determined to stop the catastrophe of war." It is within themidst of these negotiations that Japan strikes by surprise.Bywater wrote the "complete destruction" with the U.S. Pacific fleetwould come off Manila Bay as our Asiatic Squadron cruised in open upsea. This was one of the books couple of variations from subsequentactuality.At a time when the plane carrier was hardly much more than anexperiment, Bywater predicted that the Japanese assault could be ledby carrier-based airplanes!Concurrently using the shock assault on the U.S. fleet, Bywaterpostulated the Japanese would invade Guam and the Philippines. Hesaid the Guam attack would begin with air bombardment followed bynaval bombardment and also the landing of troops by specially designedamphibious vessels."Large motor-propelled barges or pontoons had been carried on boardthe Japanese transports for landing tanks and artillery," wroteBywater. After fitful skirmishes, he concluded, the American Marineswould be compelled to surrender, as was the case on Dec. 10, 1941.The actual Philippines invasion from the Japanese at the start of thePacific war adopted closely the script set down by Bywater."The chief hazard the Japanese perceived," wrote Bywater, "would comefrom the American aircraft. Moreover, thirty devices of a new andpowerful kind would have just arrived from the United states."In fact, thirty-five new B-17 Flying Fortresses did start arrivingin late November 1941 and several flew into Pearl Harbor whilst theJapanese attack was underway.Hostilities within the Philippines would commence when Japaneseplanes "heavily bombed the aerodrome at Dagupan," stated Bywater.
  2. 2. Within the actual attack Clark Field - which had changed close byDagupan - was bombed and strafed.Bywater wrote the Japanese would give a wide berth to the fortress atCorregidor guarding Manila Bay and the seriously fortified base onSubic Bay until the islands were secured. Then, the bypassed powerfulpoints could be starved and bombed into submission - as preciselyoccurred within the real lifestyle occasions.Bywaters predictions of the Philippines invasion integrated majorlandings "at Lingayen Gulf, northwest of Manila, and in Lamon Bay inbetween Cabalete and Alabat Islands southeast of Manila." The 2 forceswould then converge on Manila "simultaneously from north and south."The second largest island of the Philippine archipelago, Mindanao,could be invaded having a landing at Sindangan Bay.The total invading power, he believed, would consist of "anapproximate strength of one hundred,000 men."Bywaters knowledgeable estimate was astonishing.The Japanese invading force consisted of one hundred,000 males.There have been two primary landings around the Island of Luzon -one at Lingayen Gulf and the other at Lamon Bay, precisely betweenCabalete and Alabat islands!A 3rd main landing party attacked the island of Mindanao.Bywater postulated the Usa would have to defeat Japan with a sluggish,island-by-island march across the Pacific. The route he traced wasonly somewhat south of that actually traveled by American admiralsduring the early 40s.Bywater imagined that as soon as the Americans were inside strikingdistance of retaking the Philippines, the Japanese Navy would bemassed to prevent them. The two navies would then fight a great navalengagement that might turn out to be the turning point of the war. Itwas as if Bywater noticed the Battle of Midway in his minds eye.Even the desperate Kamikaze tactic of fanatic Japanese airmenwas foreseen by Bywater. Seeing defeat imminent, the Japaneseaviators "never hesitated to ram when or else balked of their prey,preferring to immolate on their own," he wrote.Bywater did not foresee the atomic bomb, but he did predict a dramaticfinish of the war. He wrote that the Usa, desiring to spare byitself and the Japanese he horror of all-out invasion, carried outa "demonstration" air raid on Tokyo by which the "bombs" containedleaflets urging the Japanese to surrender rather than "waste morelives."General Jimmy Doolittle did lead a demonstration bombing raid againstTokyo, needless to say; and, later, millions of leaflets had beenshowered on Japanese cities.In Bywaters 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 strategy in World War II -was an attaché using the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C.The novel was featured in the New york Times broadly circulated bookarea in 1925, and the Japanese embassy registered an official pr�test
  3. 3. more than$the evaluation declaring it "provocativu."|/p><{pan>Bywaters prophesies that the I�perial Navy`woul� be shattered,the Philippine� retaken, and also the Japanese homeland bombed hadbeen all brusxed aside from the influential�nav�l intelligenceofficer, Kinoaki Matsuo. T�e officer argued that Japan would show "acourage a hundred occasions greater than ordinary," being possessedof "a burning determination to win."What tragedy the Japanese, having taken Bywaters theoriessignificantly, failed to heed his warnings also.December 8, 1971Click right here to determine this short article on Lindsey Williamsswebsitespoilers of one piece