AdvertisementHow did the United States go about planning for Phase IV of the Pacific War?
Of course, Phase IV of U.S. World War II planning never existed, at least by that term.
The temptation for a punitive approach to Japan ran high in the United States.
The War Department, which had relatively little influence over planning during the war, took on a much greater role in the actual occupation.
The reconstruction of Japan was a success, even if it didn’t offer a template that the United States was willing to follow.