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U.S. War Plans: 1938-1945

Steven T. Ross
U.S. War Plans: 1938-1945
ISBN: 978-1-58826-008-6
$89.95
2002/400 pages/LC: 2001019799
The Art of War

"Students of World War II will find in this volume a fascinating chronology of the development of U.S. war strategy during the period 1938-1945."—Ralph Lee Scott, American Reference Books Annual

"An essential reference work for students of the Second World War."—Allan R. Millett, International History Review

DESCRIPTION

This documentary sourcebook of actual U.S. war plans traces the nation's political and strategic goals from the contemplation of war against Japan and Germany in November of 1938 to Eisenhower's March 1945 plan for the defeat of Germany and the conquest of Japan.

For the first time, the major strategic—e.g., "ABC-1 " and "Rainbow #5 "—and operational—e.g., "Torch," "Husky," "Plan Dog," "Fortitude," and "Cartwheel"—war plans of the U.S. military pertaining to WWII are presented in one volume. Ross sets each plan in its strategic and operational context with an explanatory and analytical introduction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven T. Ross is Admiral William V. Pratt Chair of Military History at the Naval War College. His publications include From Flintlock to Rifle: Infantry Tactics, 1740-1866 and a series of books analyzing U.S. war plans in the twentieth century.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • Part I, PRE-WAR PLANS.
  • Study of Joint Action in the Event of Violation of Monroe Doctrine by Fascist Powers November 12, 1938.
  • Rainbow No. 1 October 14, 1939.
  • Rainbow No. 4 August 14, 1940.
  • Plan Dog November 12, 1940.
  • United States - British Staff Conversations Report ABC-1 March 27, 1941.
  • Rainbow No. 5 (revised) November 19, 1941.
  • PART II. THE WAR IN NORTH AFRICA AND EUROPE.
  • Outline Plan Operation Torch October 8, 1942.
  • Operation Husky March 24, 1943.
  • Avalanche August 31, 1943.
  • Operation Shingle January 12, 1944.
  • Fortitude February 23, 1944.
  • AGWAR, for United States Joint Planning Staff May 8, 1944.
  • Operation (Anvil) Dragoon August 1, 1944.
  • Operation Market September, 1944.
  • Appreciation and Plan of Operations January 20, 1945.
  • SCAF 260 (Final Offensive) March 31, 1945.
  • PART III. THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC.
  • Joint Directive for Offensive Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area July 2, 1942.
  • The Elkton (Cartwheel) Plan February 28, 1943.
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff Directive March 28, 1943.
  • Operation Plan No. 14-43 June 3, 1943 and Serial 00958 Warning Order September 22, 1943.
  • Operation Plan No. 13-43 (Galvanic) October 5, 1943.
  • Operation Plan No. 16-43C Revised (Flintlock) December 16, 1943.
  • Operation Hailstone, January 18, 1944.
  • Catchpole January 18, 1944.
  • CinCPac Forager April 23, 1944.
  • CinCpoa No. 8-44 (King II) September 27, 1944.
  • Musketeer III September 28, 1944.
  • Detachment October 7, 1944.
  • CinCpoa 14-44 (Iceberg,) December 31, 1944.
  • Operation Downfall, May 28, 1945.