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Pastel: Deception in the Invasion of Japan Thomas M. Huber

Pastel: Deception in the Invasion of Japan

Thomas M. Huber

Published October 1st 2004
ISBN : 9781410217684
Paperback
68 pages
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In 1945, to end the Pacific war, American strategic plans foresaw an invasion of Japans heavily defended home islands. Operations Olympic and Coronet, Americas proposed landings on Kyushu and the Tokyo Plain, were the largest amphibious invasionsMoreIn 1945, to end the Pacific war, American strategic plans foresaw an invasion of Japans heavily defended home islands. Operations Olympic and Coronet, Americas proposed landings on Kyushu and the Tokyo Plain, were the largest amphibious invasions ever planned. Although precluded by wars end, preparations for both were extensive. To gain the element of surprise, Washington and theater planners developed Operations Pastel and Coronet Deception, deception operations designed to convey to the Japanese a false story of where the actual assault landings would occur. In Pastel: Deception in the Invasion of Japan, Dr. Thomas M. Huber reveals the contents, origins, and effects of these two comprehensive, coordinated deception plans as they related to the scheduled invasion of Japan. He also provides the Japanese perceptions as the plans unfolded. This special study reminds us of the vital role of deception in operational planning. RICHARD M. SWAIN Colonel, Field Artillery Director, Combat Studies Institute