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This book reveals the untold story of a secret plan that would have prevented Pearl Harbor, and maybe even World War II. Could a plan to bomb Japan and destroy Japanese supply lines, communications, and staging areas in China have averted the horrendous and devastating attack on Pearl Harbor? On July 23, 1941 -- some five months before Pearl Harbor -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt endorsed a plan calling for the United States to provide China with 150 manned bombers and 350 fighter planes to wreak havoc on Japan's growing presence in China. "Joint Board Plan 335" had been proposed to Roosevelt and his cabinet by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek; Dr. T.V. Soong, China's special envoy to the United States; and Captain Claire Lee Chennault, a retired Air Corps pilot now in the employ of Chiang. Such a preemptive strike on Japanese interests had been under discussion for several months. Although initially blocked by General George C. Marshall, the plan was resurrected in the spring of 1941. So why, then, was it never employed? - Jacket flap.

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Preemptive Strike
The Secret Plan That Would Have Prevented the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Published June 1, 2006 by The Lyons Press in Guilford, CT .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Colonel Walter J. Boyne
"Ladies and gentlemen, the three men on the flying trapeze!"
"An efficient Guerrilla Air Corps"
The China Lobby
Lunch at the White House
Teach the Japanese a lesson
"This Colonel Chennault, where is he?"
The genesis of the Japanese plan for a preemptive strike
"An economic blockade of Japan"
"You need a hundred of these"
"Keeping the thing quiet"
Joint Board 355
Japan prepares for war
Rangoon and beyond
Reports in the American press of plans to bomb Japan
Pearl Harbor attacked
America's reaction to Japan's preemptive strike
A postmortem on Chennault's plan for a preemptive strike on Japan
Index of documents found in Henry Morgenthau Jr. Diary Book 342A, China : Bombers, December 3-22, 1940
Index of documents found in U.S. Navy American Volunteer Group Papers, Record Group 4.9, Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Library, National Museum of Naval Aviation, Accession Number 1997.269 ("The Pensacola Papers")
Index of documents found in Franklin D. Roosevelt Library : Small Collections : FDR Library : Misc. : Joint Board 355
A clash of power between America and Japan in 1940-1941
Timeline : The road to war

The Physical Object

xvii, 285 p.
Number of pages
9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
1.4 pounds

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