MWH Corning March 2010. War in the Pacific. Japan’s military leaders wanted an empire like the European nations had 1931 – Japanese troops moved from Manchuria into NE China 1937 – Second Sino –Japanese War Used a lot of resources, Japan looked at the rich European colonies in SE Asia.
Japan’s military leaders wanted an empire like the European nations had
The U.S. felt that their colonies in the Philippines and Guam were threatened
Japan also launched bombing raids on Hong Kong (British colony) and Guam/Wake Islands
By 1944 Japanese Navy was destroyed – only Army and Air Force (kamikaze pilots) in play
Pres Truman needed to decide to commit about .5 million troops or use a new weapon – the Atomic bomb