This clusterfuck makes me wonder what a TL would look like where the army and navy were entirely cooperative. You'd have to probably put that in ASB though to get away with a POD late enough to not butterfly much of WW2 though.
I saw what you did there BNC. Well played. The Japanese will never figure out the code name for that operation.Smaller operations would be conducted first to test amphibious doctrines and new equipment, and to remove the direct Japanese threat to Australia and New Zealand. Fiji’s liberation had protected New Zealand, now Port Moresby would do the same for Australia. Only now, they would call it ‘Drop Bear’.
Honestly it probably isn't too different from OTL - pretty much every important operation (Philippines/DEI, Midway, Solomons and a few late war) saw the two services at least putting up with each other. The greatest improvements that I can think of would come from efficiency (say only one of the Zero and Ki43 in serial production, but that does nothing to fix the pilots or fuel issues) and perhaps a better coordinated defence later on so that a few more islands become bloody messes. Although that could just result in them being bypassed in favour of other targets instead.This clusterfuck makes me wonder what a TL would look like where the army and navy were entirely cooperative. You'd have to probably put that in ASB though to get away with a POD late enough to not butterfly much of WW2 though.
I was wondering how long it would take someone to notice that. OTL the 'drop bear' joke appears to have been created in the '60s, but seeing as there are more US soldiers in Australia I can see some Aussie deciding to play a prank and start the thing 25 years early.I saw what you did there BNC. Well played. The Japanese will never figure out the code name for that operation.
'Hangman' only, about a month all up, somewhere around 1000 Allied losses and 5000 JapaneseHow long did the liberation of Fiji take, total? What were allied casualties like overall?
The Japanese High Command overdosed on victory disease. When the victories stop rolling in, who better to blame for the hangover than the other service that you have hated since forever?Why are the people mentioning a civil war? Way I see it, Japan has been really successful here. In the long run, though, the sheer might of the Allies will get them.
Pretty much just the name 'Douglas MacArthur' at the top. I based the first part of the New Guinea fight off Tarawa, and there will be other fights on the atolls before D-day (not to mention MacArthur did a ton of landings IOTL), so the overall result won't be too different.Oh boy....
How much does this formalization of amphibious doctrine differ from OTL, and what impact might it have on Normandy?
Big Mac is 100% correct here, let's just hope that the hate boner the JCOS have for MacArthur dosent get in the way of his very sound advice.XLIII: Port Moresby, June 1943
After Port Moresby, he drafted another about the fanaticism of the inland defence. Along with details from the ground, he added his own opinion of the fighting: “as we get nearer Japan, such operations will become more costly. New Guinea was of marginal value to the average Japanese soldier, and the results are as detailed. When their homes are under threat, we can only expect an even grimmer determination by our enemy.”
Yeah, I hate to say it but I am with MacArthur on this one. Go to Java and take the oil fields. They are far more important than Micronesia.The Army-Navy rivalry is only escalating I see.
I wonder if a direct attack on the Java oil fields would actually be faster at cutting off Japan's oil given the situation....