Might Come As Early As Next Month Rec. 2 p.m. NEW YORK, Aug. 3. A warning that an Allied landing might come as early as September, the newspaper Yomiuri in an article broadcast by Tokyo radio, said that 500 Allied warships, including battleships, had recently concentrated in the Okinawa area. It added that if invasion was attempted before 1946, the United States would be able to mount only 40 divisions, because the invasion potential was limited by manpower resources and shipping. Although President Truman had announced that 7,000,000 men were mobilised for the decisive battle on the Japanese mainland, that figure represented the maximum strength, added the paper. It seemed safe to say that the figure would not exceed 5,500,000. Even if all-out attention was given to transport, American strength in East Asia was unlikely to exceed 100 divisions. The article stressed the difficulty of landing operations on the Japanese mainland contrasted with Normandy, which required two years' preparations and 6000 ships operating from an absolutely secure base in Britain. Suicide planes will be the principal Japanese weapon against invasion, according to LieutenantGeneral James Doolittle, commander of the Eighth Air Force. He added that was why we were trying to knock out Japan's air power. "We know the enemy has aeroplanes and we know how many. They are widely dispersed and well camouflaged. We know the enemy is conserving his power to oppose invasion. If he will not come out and fight, we must get him on the ground. This we aim to do." General Doolittle strongly appealed for team work through unity of command. He pointed out that we had divided command at Pearl Harbour.
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ALLIED LANDING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
ALLIED LANDING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
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