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Author Holwitt, Joel Ira, 1981-

Title "Execute against Japan" : the U.S. decision to conduct unrestricted submarine warfare / Joel Ira Holwitt
Edition First edition
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 245 pages) : illustrations
Series Williams-Ford Texas A & M University Military History Series ; #121
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University military history series ; no. 121
Contents Freedom of the seas, the submarine, and the first World War -- The U.S. Navy and the submarine question -- The failure of international law in the interwar period -- Legislating away freedom of the seas -- The accidental commerce raider : U.S. submarine development, strategy, and tactics -- Laying the strategic groundwork -- Debating law, ethics, and strategy -- "Immediately upon the outbreak of war" -- Day of infamy, day of decision -- Unrestricted warfare and the civilian chain of command -- The victory of unrestricted submarine warfare
Summary Less than five hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, U.S. naval leaders reluctantly chose to pursue a form of warfare they despised-targeting not only Japanese military assets but also civilian-operated fishing trawlers, freighters, and tankers. The move to unrestricted submarine warfare represented a major change in the longstanding American adherence to the classic doctrine of ""freedom of the seas, "" under which commercial vessels were held to have the right to navigate the oceans without threat of attack. This dramatic about-face in naval policy, potentially as controversial
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-239) and index
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Subject United States. Navy -- Submarine forces -- History -- 20th century.
Freedom of the seas.
Submarine warfare -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008024073
ISBN 1603442553