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by Herman S. Wolk

ISBN: 1574412817
ISBN13: 978-1574412819
Language: English
Publisher: University of North Texas Press; 1st edition (March 26, 2010)
Pages: 344
Category: Military
Subategory: History

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No published work examines General Henry H. Hap Arnold's role in depth during the Pacific War of 1944-1945, in the . In this new study, Herman S. Wolk, retired Senior Historian of the .

No published work examines General Henry H. Hap Arnold's role in depth during the Pacific War of 1944-1945, in the context of planning for the destruction of Japan. Air Force, examines the thinking of Hap Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces (AAF), during World War II. Hap Arnold’s role in depth during the Pacific War of 1944-1945, in the context of planning for the destruction of Japan.

Wolk, Herman S. 1931- Verfasser (DE-588)1051069475. General Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Personal Name: Arnold, Henry Harley 1886-1950. Personal Name: Arnold, Henry Harley 1886-1950 Military leadership.

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Herman Wolk is a true pro, and his unique book will appeal to military historians of all stripes

Dik A. Daso, author of Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower and . Air Force: A Complete History. Although there have been books about the Pacific War, to include the B-29 campaign, and there have been books about Hap Arnold, there has not yet been a work that ties those two together and looks closely at Arnold as a combat commander. Herman Wolk is a true pro, and his unique book will appeal to military historians of all stripes. Hap Arnold’s role in depth during the Pacific War of 1944-1945. Dik A.

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No published work examines General Henry H. “Hap” Arnold’s role in depth during the Pacific War of 1944-1945, in the context of planning for the destruction of Japan. In this new study, Herman S. Wolk, retired Senior Historian of the U.S. Air Force, examines the thinking of Hap Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces (AAF), during World War II. Specifically, Wolk concentrates on Arnold’s leadership in crafting the weapons, organization, and command of the strategic bombing offensive against Japan, which culminated in Japan’s capitulation in the summer of 1945, ending the Pacific War.

The narrative is, in a real sense, a sustained controversy over strategy, organization, and command in the war against Japan. The B-29 long-range bombing campaign against the Japanese home islands dictated unprecedented organization and command; hence, Arnold established the Twentieth Air Force, commanded by himself from Washington and reporting directly to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This new type of bombing offensive–distinct in command, organization, range, and weapons from the European experience–also called for exemplary operational combat leadership in the field. Here Arnold excelled in his command of the AAF, relieving a long-time colleague (Hansell) in favor of a hard-nosed operator (LeMay). This crucial move was a turning point in the Pacific war.

In the spring and summer of 1945, Arnold was a driven leader, almost willing the B-29 campaign and the air and sea blockade to collapse Japan before the scheduled massive invasion of Kyushu on November 1st. It was a tense race against the invasion clock and the conviction of General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, that an invasion was absolutely necessary. Although the Soviet declaration of war on Japan was a factor in the Japanese surrender, it was the atomic bomb that politically shocked the Japanese to capitulation. Arnold, the architect of the bombing offensive, emphasized that Japan was already defeated in the summer of 1945 by the bombing and blockade and that it was not militarily necessary to drop the atomic bomb.

Wolk brings out important rationales and connections in doctrine, organization, and command not previously published. He also mines sources not previously exploited, including the author’s interviews with General LeMay, Hansell, and Eaker; Arnold’s wartime correspondence; documentation from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library; and postwar interrogations of Japanese officials and civilians. Cataclysm will prove an important addition to the history of the Pacific War, airpower, and the debate over the use of the atomic bomb against Japan.

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General Henry "Hap" Arnold was the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces in World War II. Arnold, along with President Roosevelt and later, President Truman, believed that the key to the defeat of Japan was a sustained bombing offensive against the Japanese Home Islands. In "Cataclysm", author Herman S. Wolk describes Arnold's efforts to bomb the Japanese into submission.

Arnold believed that, in order to be successful against the Japanese, the Army Air Forces needed a long-range bomber superior to the B-17. Boeing went on to construct the B-29 Superfortress, a long-range bomber capable of hitting Japan from the Marianas Islands, captured in the summer of 1944. Arnold went about establishing the twentieth air force, whose job it would be to bomb Japan. Commanded initially by Gen. Haywood Hansell, the twentieth got off to an auspicious start. Hansell, a believer in high-altitude precision daylight bombing, was not producing the desired results Arnold was looking for. Arnold, after finally relieving Hansell of command, replaced him with General Curtis LeMay. With LeMay's addition, new tactics were introduced. LeMay intended to have the B-29s fly low and drop incendiary bombs on Japanese cities.

The results were dramatic. In one raid on Tokyo in March, 1945, over sixteen square miles of the city were destroyed by the fire bombs. Arnold was impressed with LeMay's initiative and soon, more Japanese cities suffered the same fate as Tokyo. As the war drew on into the spring of 1945, it was clear that Japan was beaten. The question was how long could she hold out? Arnold believed that sustained bombing and blockade would force Japan's surrender, but Truman wanted to drop the atomic bombs. These bombs politically shocked the Japanese into surrender.

I found this book to be informative and interesting. I've read much about the decision on whether or not to drop the atomic bombs, and this book contains lots of information on that debate. I was also impressed with Wolk's overall narrative of General Arnold and his role in the Pacific war. Arnold was a forward thinker, and his decision to place LeMay in command of the twentieth air force was one of the defining moments of the bombing campaign against the Japanese.

I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it highly to readers of World War II history. Arnold was one of the leading figures in the American effort against the Japanese, and this book does a good job of describing his contributions.

Samulkis
How much do you know about Hap Arnold, THE MAN in charge of ALL US aircraft flying in WW2? Yeah, even as an aviation enthusiast for 50 years, I didn't know much either. This tells his story eloquently and just makes me want to learn more. Of all the aviaiton books I buy and read, I learned more NEW stuff about US military aviation history from its beginnings through WW2 and beyond. A MUST READ for any aviation enthusiast!

Musical Aura Island
If for no other reason than a reminder of what it takes to win a war, when the anti-war folks are successful in avoiding war until there is no other option. General Arnold truly gave his life to win the war in the Pacific, by being the leading Air Force General who worked tirelessly to insure that we would not have to invade the main islands of Japan with the massive loss of life that would have resulted. He was a true leader and hero of the 'Greatest Generation'.

Sarin
This book is a great read for people who love the air force and what it stands for the strength and backbone of this nation.

Mamuro
Clear and concise analysis of the entire Jutland sea battle. No nonsense or extra wording, just the facts maam. Thanks

Kea
Very comprehensive book; well-researched and well written.

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