CMH Pub 70-120-1, Paper
2012; 98 pages; illustrations, maps, further readings
GPO S/N: 008-029-00553-1
The Army in the Pacific: A Century of Engagement, by James C. McNaughton, offers an overview of the Army’s history in this rapidly changing region. It describes how the Army’s involvement began with an expedition to seize Manila from Spain in 1898, which led to a protracted campaign against Philippine insurgents. When Japan attacked in 1941, the Army fought back as part of a joint and multinational team in some of the most far-reaching campaigns in history, after which the Army became responsible for post-conflict operations in Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, and the Philippines. During the Cold War, the Army fought hot wars in Korea and Vietnam. After the Vietnam War, the Army provided regional stability, a shield against aggression, and engagement with allies and partners as the region experienced unprecedented growth. This broad historical perspective reveals some enduring lessons: the vast distances and diversity of terrain and weather, the necessity for joint and multinational operations, and the need for a versatile, adaptive, and agile force.
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