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§866 The Allied forces approaching Okinawa in an island-hopping campaign; Irresolute Japan to surrender resulting in atomic disasters with Emperor’s ending the war (1942 – 1945): I-30.

I-30 (§866):

The foreign ship in the marine storm
Shall approach near the unknown port.
Notwithstanding the signs of branches of palm,
Thereafter death, pillage: a good opinion gotten late.


(La nef estrange par le tourment marin
Abourdera pres de port incongneu,
Nonobstant signes de rameau palmerin
Apres mort, pille: bon avis tard venu.)

NOTES: Tourment: = « tourmente f. Gale, storm (cf. TEMPÊTE, tempest); Figurtaively. Storm, upheaval, turmoil.» (Dubois).

Le tourment marin (the marine storm): = « By sea in the Orients a tempest » (§865; I-50).

The foreign ship in the marine storm Shall approach near the unknown port: = The Allied island-hopping campaign in the south-west Pacific bound towards Okinawa in 1942-1945: « Allied forces – largely American, but including Australian units in the south-west Pacific – bound towards Japan in an island-hopping campaign [in the marine storm] which began with landings on Guadalcanal on 7th August 1942 and ended in June 1945 on Okinawa.» (Taylor, 1974, p.252) via Santa Cruz, New Guinea, New Britain, New Georgia, Trobriand, Bismarck Archipelago, Kolombangara, Vella Lavella, Bougainville, Gilbert, Tarawa and Makin, Kwajalein and Majuro, Saipan, Tinian, Rota and Guam, and Iwotō/Iwotoh (Island of Iwo =
硫黄島 いおうとう [reading Iwo Jima is not correct in Japanese]); « This time the landings prodded the Japanese fleet into action, and the Battle of the Philippine Sea was the result. Again Japanese losses were heavy, particularly among their dwindling reserve of carrier pilots, and three more carriers had been sunk. This highly mobile campaign was yielding ever better results, not only in terms of Japanese losses, but also in growing American skill in the techniques of shore bombardment and inter-service co-operation. The invasion of the Philippines reflected the skill developed in two years’ constant campaigning. There was also the bonus of the great Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, in which the Imperial Japanese Navy made its last attempt to defeat the Americans in open battle, and was destroyed as an effective fighting force. The last phase came in April 1945, when large forces attacked Okinawa, only 800 miles south of the Japanese mainland.» (Taylor, id., p.253-254); « The American forces earmarked for the conquest of Okinawa constituted an awesome armada of battle-wise fighting units [The foreign ship, the expression la nef (the ship) being the generic singular]. Responsibility for taking the troops to their target and shielding and supporting them once they came ashore rested with Admiral Raymond A. Spruance’s 5th Fleet. Its joint Expeditionary Force, commanded by Admiral Richmond K. Turner, was designated Task Force 51. This, the invasion fleet proper, comprised half a million servicemen, over 300 warships, and over 1,139 auxiliary vessels and landing craft. It was shielded by Vice-Admiral Marc.A. Mitscher’s Task Force 58, which would also carry out the initial bombardment and neutralisation of the Japanese defences. Task Force 58 consisted of four fast carrier groups, together with the British carrier force commanded by Vice-Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, designated Task Force 57 although it was only the equivalent of a single American carrier group. The land forces consisted of the newlyformed 10th Army under General Simon B. Buckner (seven divisions). They totalled about 154,000 men – 116,000 of them belonging to the five divisions which would make the initial landings along the eight-mile sweep of the Hagushi beaches on the west coast between Sunabe [砂辺] and Zampa Point [残波岬] [The foreign ship shall approach near the unknown port, the Hagushi beaches in Yomitanson being closely north of the port of Naha [那覇港], the largest in Okinawa; the expression ‘unknown’ implying not the unidentification of the port but the military disregard of it in large-scale amphibious landings which necessitate a stretch of beaches (cf. Ionescu, 1987, p.364)]. D-day for Okinawa was set for the morning of April 1, 1945.» (Bauer, 1979, p.640).

The signs of branches of palm
: The symbol (sign) of PEACE and at the same time the indication (sign) of Okinawa, the only SUBTROPICAL region of Japan.
 
Palmerin: =  « Palmier 1, adj. De palmier (Of palm).» (Huguet).  

Notwithstanding the signs of branches of palm: Notwithstanding the fall of Okinawa in June 1945 and the Allied offer of ending the war to the Japanese through the Declaration of Potsdam on July 26th 1945; « The fall of Okinawa on 21st June 1945, after nearly three months of fighting, marked the end of the island-hopping campaign. From the rebuilt airstrips bombers could now fly round-the-clock raids against Japanese cities, and carrier task forces were close enough to maintain a complete blockade of Japan. Operations continued against outlying garrisons, particularly in Borneo, and carrier aircraft methodically eliminated the surviving units of the Japanese Navy. Without fuel for ships or aircraft the Japanese were now helpless, and the end was a matter of time. On 26th July the Allies issued the Potsdam Declaration, which stipulated unconditional surrender for the Japanese armed forces, though not for the Emperor or his government. It was hoped that this formula would allow the Japanese to ‘save face’, but when no clear reply was received the Allies set in motion plans for the final destruction of the country. The choice lay between the atomic bomb, terrible but costing no Allied soldiers’ lives, or a gigantic invasion of the land, with the likelihood of one million casualties… » (
Taylor, id., p.256).

Thereafter death, pillage: a good opinion gotten late
: « When the Japanese Prime Minister, Admiral Suzuki Kantaro, replied publicly to the declaration he said he would not comment on it for the moment; but he was misunderstood as saying that Japan would ignore it. With that Truman gave the order for the bomb to be used. The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on the morning of 6 August 1945 by a B-29 bomber flown from the island of Tinian. The bomb killed about 80,000 people more or less instantly; an estimated 50,000 more died from its short- and long-term radiation effects. Nagasaki suffered a similar fate, but with slightly fewer casualties, on 9 August [Thereafter death, pillage, death meaning human killing and pillage the built-up cities’ destruction]. There is no doubt that Truman’s decision to use the bomb was made in large part in the hope that it would spare lives by making Japan surrender. However, the historical record is also clear that part of the motive was to intimidate the Soviets and lay down a marker for the post-war world. The Soviets issued their promised declaration of war on the 8th and their forces crashed across the border into Japanese-held Manchuria the next day. Manchuria and Northern Korea were overrun within days. Emperor Hirohito now intervened to tell the diehard militarists in his government that the war must be ended [a good opinion gotten late].» (
Sommerville, 2008, p.238-239).
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