scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,005
In the spring of 1942 Japans leaders faced a dilemma Their conquest had progressed faster than expected the problem was what to do next Some military leaders suggested that Japan strike the wartorn British Empire in India and the Middle East then link up with German forces in Southern Russia and North Africa Take Australia counseled the Japanese Navy this was the obvious starting point for an Allied counterattack The Army opposed both ideas Japans ground troops were already stretched thin Either campaign would weaken them even more In early March a less grandiose plan was accepted Japan would extend its empire southeast cutting the sea lanes between Australia and America by seizing the islands of New Guinea New Caledonia Fiji and Samoa The first srep was the capture of port Moresby a key Allied base on the south coast of New Guinea 400 miles from Australia For two months Japan strengthened its bases in the area especially Rabaul on the island of New Britain By May 4 a formidable naval force had been amassed and the 11 transports destined for Port Moresby headed south from Rabaul The move didnt surprise Admiral Chester Nimitz commander of the US Pacific Fleet US cryptoanalysts had broken the Japanese naval code and Nimitz already had sent two carriers - the Lexington and Yorktown - to the Coral Sea to stop the Japanese The battle that followed would be epochal the first naval engagement in which the opposing ships never fired a shot at each other Japans campaign began with an invasion of the small island of Tulagi The US struck back quickly with planes from the Yorktown Overzealous pilots sent back exaggerated reports of the numbers of warships theyd sunk In reality little damage was done but the Japanese now knew that US carriers were nearby For three days carriers on both sides evaded detection concealed by a wide band of clouds But on the morning of May
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA