Accession Number : ADA294975

Title :   Winning the War in the Pacific: Doctrinal Lessons for Today.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Dec 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author : NAVAL DOCTRINE COMMAND NORFOLK VA

Personal Author(s) : Tritten, James J.

PDF Url : ADA294975

Report Date : 03 APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Analysis of role that doctrine played on victory in the Pacific Theater during World War II. U.S. navy operated under centralized and regional written doctrine that contributed to victory in combat. Doctrine was the "GLUE" that held together war plans, war games, exercises, and combat. There is a need to re-analyze combat in light of role that doctrine played-an area generally ignored in history. There are excellent cases where the operational commander knowingly ignored doctrine based upon sound reasons obvious in the field, there are cases where following doctrine contributed to victory. There are cases where when doctrine was not followed, an opportunity to exploit a tactical win was lost. Rather than ignoring the role that doctrine played during the war, we should now look specifically at this issue. It appears that the commanders who approved the doctrine of World War II did not tie the hands of the operational commanders in the field-a-lesson of interest to us today.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *LESSONS LEARNED, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *PACIFIC OCEAN ISLANDS, GLOBAL, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, JAPAN, WAR GAMES, NAVAL WARFARE, NAVAL PLANNING, PACIFIC OCEAN, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE