Britain Secret War Against Japan (Studies in Intelligence) by Douglas Ford

By Douglas Ford

A new look at how Britain’s defence institution discovered to interact Japan’s militia because the Pacific warfare progressed.  Douglas Ford reveals that, ahead of Japan’s invasion of Southeast Asia in December 1941, the British held a contemptuous view of eastern army prowess. He exhibits that the situation used to be no longer helped by way of the excessive point of secrecy which surrounded Japan’s struggle making plans, in addition to the absence of past engagements with the Imperial eastern army and armed forces. the autumn of ‘Fortress Singapore’ in February 1942 dispelled the thought that the japanese have been incapable of tough the West. British army officers said how their forces within the a ways East have been insufficient, and made a concerted attempt to enhance their energy and potency. although, simply because Britain’s forces have been tied down of their operations in Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean, that they had to struggle the japanese with constrained assets. Drawing upon the teachings received via Allied reports within the Pacific theatres in addition to their very own encounters in Southeast Asia, the British used the to be had intelligence at the technique, strategies and morale of Japan’s militia to make the simplest use of what they'd, and by means of the last phases of the struggle in 1944 to 1945, they have been in a position to devise a conflict plan which prepared the ground for the profitable struggle attempt. This e-book may be of significant curiosity to all scholars of the Second global warfare, intelligence reports, British army historical past and strategic stories generally.

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Shortly thereafter, in February 1941, the GCCS secured a replica of the Purple machine from representatives of the US Army’s cryptographic mission. The FECB also joined its counterpart in the US Navy, OP-20-G, in an effort to break the Japanese Navy’s JN-25b code. A few months later, in June, an agreement was signed whereby US military authorities passed on to Singapore all intelligence on Japanese communications. British cryptanalysts were thus able to overcome the obstacles they had faced since the Japanese introduced more complex systems in 1939.

Among Tokyo’s objectives were to improve its economic situation by obtaining privileged access to sources of raw materials, and bolster its strategic position by establishing bases in Southeast Asia. Japan also took advantage of Britain’s preoccupation with the defence of its home islands against Germany, by pressuring Churchill’s government to cease supplying arms to China. 20 A M B IG U ITY A N D C O M P L A C E N C Y Even more alarming, the Japanese possessed sufficient forces for a southward advance, in spite of continued difficulties in liquidating their commitments in China.

Without access to reliable intelligence, the British tended to base their judgments on preconceptions which dictated that Japan could not construct a military machine to match the West. The conclusion that Japan’s forces were second rate gained further credibility after July 1937, when the IJA and the air services faced visible difficulties in overcoming Chinese 31 A M B IG U ITY A N D C O M P L A C E N C Y resistance. Finally, despite the Japanese navy’s numerical superiority, along with the army and air services possessing the additional advantage of having gained years of experience, Japan’s forces had only confronted weak Chinese opponents.

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