Air Battles 21.Japanese Fighters in Defense of the Homeland

Air Battles 21.Japanese Fighters in Defense of the Homeland
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In the 1930s Japanese military planners considered two potential threats to the Home Islands. The first one, for many years regarded as the most serious (although largely overestimated), was the Russian long-range bombers that could reach Tokyo from their bases in the Vladivostok area in just a few hours.
Price £16.99
Format Paperback
Pages 80
Illustrations Black/White photos,colour profiles
Publisher Kagero
ISBN Number 9788364596063
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In the 1930s Japanese military planners considered two potential threats to the Home Islands. The first one, for many years regarded as the most serious (although largely overestimated), was the Russian long-range bombers that could reach Tokyo from their bases in the Vladivostok area in just a few hours. At some point the Japanese estimated there were as many as 380 such aircraft deployed in the Soviet Far East. It was believed that the most effective way of neutralizing that threat was a preemptive land operation targeting the Soviet bomber bases. The offensive was to be launched in the early stages of a potential conflict in order to deny the Soviets long-range air strike capability. The task was assigned to the Kwantung Army (Kanto-gun) in Manchuria. The second threat was the U.S. Pacific Fleet, although the Japanese believed it had only a very limited capability to launch an invasion of the Home Islands. Nonetheless, plans were put in place to repel the potential attack by the US Navy using the forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy (Dai-Nippon Teikoku Kaigun), as well as the Imperial Japanese Army (Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun). In the event of a U.S. attack Navy and Army bombers and torpedo aircraft were to strike the invasion fleet (especially aircraft carriers and transports) at a stand-off distance from Japan’s home waters. The airborne strikes were to be followed by naval operations against the enemy invasion force in which the US Navy warships would be either destroyed or forced to retreat. Finally, the Imperial Japanese Army units were tasked with neutralizing any attempted amphibious landings launched by enemy vessels that had managed to penetrate the first two defensive layers. At the same time Japanese long-range bombers would attack air bases in China to deny the Americans their use to support the invasion force.

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