Why infantry body armor like the M12 is so disruptive for the established narratives boils down to one word — casualties. The deployment of 100,000 such vests would have reduced American infantry casualty rates from lethal artillery fragments in the invasion of Japan to roughly Vietnam levels. This means roughly 1/3 fewer combat deaths from artillery fragments and about an overall 10% to 20% reduction in total projected combat deaths. Depending on which of the historical casualty ratios you select for measurement, it means something on the order of up to 10,000 fewer battle deaths, in the event that the A-bomb hadn’t made the invasion superfluous.The atomic bombs ended the war, but on August 9 we had detonated 3 out of the 4 that we had manufactured. If the Japanese hadn't surrendered, we would have gone in anyway, and there was a lot of planning that had been done for this. All of that got packed up into dusty filing cabinets and forgotten before the USS Missouri had weighed anchor from Tokyo bay.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
GI body armor for the invasion of Japan