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Escape To Freedom by Tony Johnson

By Tony Johnson

The writer was once shot down in his Wellington bomber on his 3rd operational challenge. Captured almost immediately after he was once interrogated in Dulag Luft prior to being despatched to Stalag Luft 1 at the Baltic the place he stayed from April to September 1944. because the noose tightened on Germany, Tony and his fellow kriegies have been saved at the move.

He describes the more and more harsh stipulations all of them persevered, together with the notorious lengthy March of the iciness of 1945. He two times escaped, the second one time effectively attaining the Allied moment military.

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The Japanese did not know whether the Allies would attack from New Guinea westward into the Netherlands East Indies, northwest into the Philippines, or directly north into Palau. They lacked the troops, aircraft, and ships to defend from all three directions. The Battle of Midway may also be seen in the context of the Japanese strategic principles formulated as the basis for Stage Two operations. Although a part of eastern operations, Midway’s primary purpose was to bring the American fleet to bear in order to destroy it and achieve Japanese mastery of the seas.

Japan might have conceived better strategic plans for both Stage One and Stage Two of its Pacific War. It might have prosecuted each stage more effectively with the plans that it did have. In either case, the recognition of contingency is enough to challenge the thesis of inevitable defeat. Yet even given a war of attrition, it was still within Japan’s grasp to attain a better result than the historical one. All things being equal, attrition favors the greater power. But seldom are all things equal.

Rather, the idea germinated and matured in the minds of offi- 28 chapter one cers who entertained doubts about the conventional wisdom of interceptive operations, about the battleship as an ultimate weapon. 24 The officers Stephan refers to were all men under Yamamoto’s command. They include Admiral Ugaki Matome, Yamamoto’s chief of staff for the Combined Fleet; Captain Kuroshima Kameto, vice chief; Captain Miwa Yoshitake, operations officer; Commander Fujii Shigeru, an intelligence officer; and Commander Watanabe Yasuji, a logistics expert.

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