Cataclysm: General Hap Arnold and the Defeat of Japan by Herman S. Wolk (Hardback, 2010)
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- DescriptionIn Cataclysm , Herman S. Wolk examines the thinking and leadership of General Henry H. (Hap) Arld, Commanding General, Army Air Forces (AAF), during World War II. Specifically, Wolk concentrates on Arld's role in crafting the weapons, organization, and command of the strategic bombing offensive against Japan. The B-29 long-range bombing campaign against the Japanese home islands dictated unprecedented organization and command; hence, Arld established the Twentieth Air Force, commanded by himself from Washington and reporting directly to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Arld excelled in his command of the AAF, relieving a long-time colleague (Hansell) in favor of a hard-sed operator (LeMay). This crucial move was a turning point in the Pacific War. In the spring and summer of 1945, Arld 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. Arld agreed that politically the atomic bomb shocked the Japanese to capitulation, but as the architect of the bombing offensive, he emphasized that Japan was already defeated in the summer of 1945 by the bombing and blockade, and that it was t militarily necessary to drop the atomic bomb. Wolk brings out important rationales and connections in doctrine, organization, and command t previously published. He also mines sources t previously exploited, including the author's interviews with General LeMay, Hansell, and Eaker; Arld'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.
- Author BiographyHERMAN S. WOLK is retired as Senior Historian U.S. Air Force He is the author of Strategic Bombing: The American Experience; Planning and Organizing the Postwar Air Force, 1943-194: The Struggle for Air Force Independence. 1943-1947; Fulcrum of Power: Essays on the Air Force and National Security: and Reflections on Air Force Independence.
- Author(s)Herman S. Wolk
- PublisherUniversity of North Texas Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication15/03/2010
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationTexas
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of North Texas Press,U.S.
- Content Note27 b&w illustrations
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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