The strategic plans of the IJN


Several strategic plans were discussed by the IJN staff. Basically, in order to combat the numerically superior American navy, the IJN devoted large amounts of resources to creating a force superior in quality, the objective being of “making up for quantity by means of quality”.Betting on the agile success of aggressive tactics which stemmed from Mahanian doctrine and the concept of decisive battle,Japan did not invest significantly on capabilities needed to protect its long shipping lines against enemy submarines which was something Japan never managed to do, particularly under-investing in the vital area of antisubmarine warfare (both escort ships and escort carriers) and in the specialized training and organization to support it.Japan’s reluctance to use its submarine fleet for commerce raiding and failure to secure its communications also hastened her defeat.


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