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Old 08-08-2019, 07:39 AM   #2050
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Originally Posted by imapig View Post
Here's an interesting side bar. After the Japanese decimated our fleet in Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941, they could have sent their troop ships and carriers directly to California to finish what they started. The prediction from our Chief of Staff was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they reached the Mississippi River. Remember, we had a 2 million man army and war ships in other localities, so why did they not invade?

After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and admirals were asked that question. Their answer....they know that almost every home had guns and the Americans knew how to use them.

Look, it's technically true that any enemy of America has always had to take into account the armed American populace in its battle plans. The Soviets did the same thing during the Cold War, and they also concluded that any non-nuclear war with the US would fail because an invasion would be thwarted by civilians with guns and just the size of the country itself and its resources, and the fact that Soviet armies would be on the other side of the world with supply lines stretched too thin to succeed.


But the Japanese didn't really have the practical capability to invade the West Coast. Pearl Harbor itself was a risky gamble, only succeeded because of absolute secrecy, and was a limited surprise bombing and then a return home.


US carriers were still free and undamaged, and California was simply too far away with most of the Japanese army tied up in its own immediate sphere of influence, especially China, the Philipines and many other places. The US West coast was enormous, and not the same as attacking one small base from the air that was substantially closer to the attacker.


Any attempted invasion of the US mainland by Japan in late 1941 or early 1942 would have been an unmitigated disaster, even if most US civilians had no guns. The US military mobilized quickly when forced to. It wouldn't have worked, and certainly wouldn't have caused the US to sue for peace. One of Japan's fatal flaws in WW2 was a misunderstanding of the mindset, character and temperament of their enemy.


Didn't mean to briefly derail the thread, as I'm pro-2A and mostly agree with the sentiment here.
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