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The Corps of Engineers : the war against Japan

Author: Karl Christian Dod
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1966.
Series: United States Army in World War II., Technical services.
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Engineer activities in the Pacific war, with particular emphasis on those in General MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area.
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Dod, Karl Christian, 1909-
Corps of Engineers.
Washington, D.C. : Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1966
(OCoLC)746112217
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Christian Dod
OCLC Number: 396169
Description: xv, 759 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 26 cm.
Contents: Ch. I Strengthing the defense triangle: Panama, Hawaii and Alaska: Early war plans and the corps of engineers --
First steps in building up the Pacific outposts --
Ch. II The defense gains momentum: Panama --
Alaska --
Hawaii --
The air ferry route --
Supplies --
War appears imminent --
Last days of peace --
Ch. III The fall of the Philippines: Preparations for defense --
Withdrawal to Bataan and Corregidor --
Bataan --
Corregidor and the end of the campaign --
Ch. IV Build-up in the southwest Pacific: Australia --
the first days --
Toward a more aggressive strategy --
Preparing for the offensive --
Ch. V First offensives: the Solomons and Papua: Strengthening the south Pacific --
Preparing to fight in New Guinea --
Engineers in combat --
Problems with logistics --
Ch. VI The drive toward Rabaul: Preparing for CARTWHEEL --
CARTWHEEL --
The engineers continue to furnish logistic support --
Arawe, Cape Gloucester and Saidor Ch. VII The far north: --
Strengthening Alaska's defenses --
The Alcan Highway --
Canol --
The danger passes --
Ch. VIII Hawaii after Pearl Harbor: --
The engineers organize for war --
Protection against air raids --
Military defenses --
Change in organization --
CH. IX After Midway: --
Work on defensive installations slows down --
First offensives in the Central Pacific --
Ch. X The China-Burma-India theater: 1941-August 1943: Priority on airfields --
Ground communications for a campaign in Burma --
Renewed priority on airfields --
Ch. IX The China-Burma-India theater: august 1943-January 1945: QUADRANT directs all-out effort --
The all-out effort continues --
The CNI is cut back --
Ch. XII The drive across central Pacific: --
The Marshalls --
Logistical support from Hawaii --
The Marianas --
1944 draws to a close --
Ch. XIII Amphibious warfare and base construction in the southwest Pacific: --
The advance to Biak --
Logistical support --
Western New Guinea and the Moluccas --
Ch. XIV Return to the Philippines: --
Leyte and Mindoro --
Luzon: the drive to Manila --
The capture of Manila and the islands of Manila Bay --
Ch. XV The final months of the war: --
destruction of the Japnaese in the Philippines and Borneo --
Iwo Jima --
Okinawa --
Base and airfield construction for the assult on Japan --
Planning for the invasion of Japan --
Conclusion --
Appendix.
Series Title: United States Army in World War II., Technical services.
Other Titles: War against Japan
Responsibility: by Karl C. Dod.

Abstract:

Engineer activities in the Pacific war, with particular emphasis on those in General MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area.

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by SiegfriedSchwertner (WorldCat user on 2007-10-25)

< A companion to the operational volumes in the Army's Pacific theater subseries, this volume chronicles the story of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the most primitive, undeveloped, and remote areas of the Pacific Ocean, China, and Southeast Asia. More often than not, these regions were covered with impenetrable jungles, alive with tropical insects and debilitating diseases, cut by swift and wide rivers, crisscrossed with rugged mountains, and at the end of tenuous supply lines that stretched hundreds, if not thousands, of miles back to developed bases. Whether in the tropical jungles of Papua-New Guinea or the Burma-China borderlands, on the coral atolls of the Central Pacific, or on the inhospitable islands of the Aleutians, American forces were initially confronted with a lack of even the most rudimentary logistical facilities and with few of the supplies they needed to sustain modern combat operations. They first had to carve out toeholds for bases that could then be tied into the worldwide logistical network that would pump in the men and materiel to press the fight against the Japanese. That difficult job belonged to the Army engineers, who first fought as combat engineers on the front lines and then became the builders who transformed jungles or atolls into new links in the chain of the advanced airfields, ports, and supply bases that would sustain the next forward steps on the road to Tokyo. The Corps of Engineers began its war against Japan well before the attack on Pearl Harbor as engineer units in Alaska, Hawaii, the Philippine Islands, and Panama labored to improve the defenses of the United States and its vital overseas possessions against hostile attack. After the war began, engineers in the Philippines were consumed in the desperate and unsuccessful campaign to hold Bataan and Corregidor until help arrived. Meanwhile engineer units began flowing into Australia and on to Papua where they developed the bases from which the Allies would begin their long campaign to return to the Philippines. General MacArthur's strategy of "leapfrogging" up Papua-New Guinea and back to the Philippines stressed avoiding strong Japanese concentrations and seizing and then developing the airfields and bases that would permit his air forces to cover his next leap forward. The success of this approach depended heavily on the ability of his engineer forces to build sufficient facilities quickly under enemy fire, in hostile and primitive conditions, and often with limited supplies of materials and heavy equipment. Among the most notable of the many achievements of the Army engineers in the Southwest Pacific Area were the operations of the 2d, 3d, and 4th Engineer Special Brigades which conducted all of MacArthur's amphibious assault landings from 1943 through the end of the war. Created in 1942 to conduct the Army's assault landings, the boat and shore operations of the engineer special brigades found their fullest use in MacArthur's numerous amphibious operations. In the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater from 1942 through 1944, engineers concentrated on establishing the airfields, supply lines, and bases necessary to sustain British, Indian, Chinese, and American forces facing the Japanese. While many engineer units supported the aerial supply route across the Himalayas (the Hump) and built airfields in China from which U.S. and Chinese air forces struck back at the Japanese and their homeland, others confronted a virtually impassable barrier of mountains, rivers, and jungles in their mission to reestablish an overland supply rouse to China. By February 1945 Army engineers had driven the Ledo Road and its accompanying petroleum pipeline across the mountains and jungles of northern Burma to link up with the old Burma Road and thus once again opened a secure land route to China for military supplies. Key topics: 1. Organization and employment of engineer combat and construction units in support of theater operations (Chs. IV-XV). 2. The role of engineer units in the Philippine Islands Campaign of 1941-42 (Ch. III). 3. The role of combat engineers in combined arms operations (Chs. III-VI, X-XV). 4. Planning and conduct of amphibious landing operations by engineer special brigades (Chs. VI, XIII-XIV). 5. The development of bases and lines of communications in remote and undeveloped areas (Chs. IV, VII, X-XV). 6. Airfield and air base development in primitive areas (Chs. IV-VI, X-XV). 7. Employment of black engineer units (Chs. IV-VII, XIV-XV). 8. The effect of modern construction equipment and mechanization on engineer operations (Chs. IV-XV). 9. The prewar strengthening of defenses in Panama, Hawaii, and Alaska (Chs. I-II). 10. Interrelationship of strategy, logistics, and construction (Chs. IV-V, IX-XV). > - - Analytical description from: US Army in WW II : Reader’s guide. – 1992. p.106-108.

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