Canada's Road to the Pacific War: Intelligence, Strategy, and the Far East Crisis by Timothy WilfordCanada's Road to the Pacific War: Intelligence, Strategy, and the Far East Crisis by Timothy Wilford

Canada's Road to the Pacific War: Intelligence, Strategy, and the Far East Crisis

byTimothy Wilford

Paperback | July 1, 2012

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In December 1941, Japan attacked multiple targets in the Far East and the Pacific, including Hong Kong, where Canadian battalions were stationed. The disaster suggested that the Allies were totally unprepared for war with Japan. This book dispels that assumption by offering the first in-depth account of Canadian intelligence gathering and strategic planning leading up to the crisis.

Timothy Wilford reminds us that Canada was both a Pacific and an Atlantic power, and the first nation to declare war on Japan. Canadian intelligence officers and strategists monitored Japan’s movements and worked closely with their US and Allied counterparts to develop a picture of Japan’s intentions and a strategic plan to meet challenges in the Pacific. Although Canada wanted to avoid conflict with Japan until US participation was assured, policy makers fully anticipated action in the Pacific and made preparations for national and imperial defence, which included the internment of Japanese Canadians.

Canada’s Road to the Pacific War sheds new light on Canadian decision making, Commonwealth strategic planning, and the emerging Anglo-American special relationship during a crisis that led to war in the Pacific, as well as to the creation of the Grand Alliance.

Timothy Wilford received a doctorate in history from the University of Ottawa and specializes in twentieth-century military history.
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Title:Canada's Road to the Pacific War: Intelligence, Strategy, and the Far East CrisisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:July 1, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774821221

ISBN - 13:9780774821223

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Prelude to War: Canada and the Pacific Powers, 1922-40

2 The Allied Web: Intelligence Networks in Canada before the Pacific War

3 Developing a Far East Strategy, December 1940 to July 1941

4 Avoiding confrontation with Japan: Diplomacy, Deterrence, and Hong Kong

5 Reassessing the Far East Crisis after the Asset Freeze, August to October 1941

6 Guarding the Coast: Canadian Defence Strategy for the North Pacific

7 Countdown to War: Negotiation and Mobilization, November 1941

8 The Coming of the Pacific War, December 1941

Conclusion: Canada's Response to the Pacific Challenge

Glossary of Names

Chronology of Events, 1922-42

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

In December 1941, Japan attacked multiple targets in the Far East and the Pacific, including Canadian battalions in Hong Kong. This intriguing account of Canadian intelligence gathering and strategic planning on the eve of the crisis dispels the assumption that the Allies were totally unprepared for war. Canadians worked closely with their US and Allied counterparts to uncover Japan’s intentions and to develop a strategic plan for defence. By highlighting Canada’s role as a Pacific power, this book sheds new light both on the Pacific War and on events that led to the creation of the Grand Alliance.Although the complete story of Allied intelligence in the years leading up to the Pacific War cannot be told until the last of the classified British files are opened, Wilford’s book comes as close to presenting the entire picture, and certainly the full Canadian perspective, as possible. Impressively researched and very well written, it will be essential reading for those interested in Allied intelligence and the possible foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack. - William Johnston, author of A War of Patrols: Canadian Army Operations in Korea