posted on Nov, 9 2015 @ 02:11 PM
a reply to: mbkennel
You need to recheck those numbers a bit.
Yes, in the Pacific Theatres (Pacific Ocean Areas--Central Pacific/Northern Pacific), it was mostly a US operation, until very late in the war. Adm.
Chester Nimitz commanded this theater.
The SW Pacific was another matter entirely... That was US/Australia/New Zealand, and other Commonwealth nations under Douglas MacArthur.
India/Burma/China was predominantly the British and Commonwealth nations. Field Marshal Louis Mountbatten was in over all command.
As far as naval power goes...
While the US was overwhelmingly superior in numbers, the Royal Navy, and the RAAN added not insignificant help. The Royal Navy especially towards the
end of the war in the Pacific with ten aircraft carriers (with armoured decks) that could, and did, stand up to hits that could, and did, cripple the
wooden decked American Essex class carriers. A kamikaze hitting a Royal Navy carrier pretty much just crumpled up like an egg dropped on the floor.
Quick patch, and the carrier resumed flight operations...not the case, sometimes, with the American carriers. Numerous times carriers were knocked
out of operations and sent back to Ulithi Atoll for repairs, or even all the way back to the States.
The various Commonwealth fleets were very welcome additions to the powerful fleets that were sitting off of Japan when the bombs were dropped.
In no theatre, whether Europe, or the Pacific did one ally do the vast majority of the work. They worked together, not always seamlessly, but well
enough to defeat Germany, and Japan. ...and not just incidentally, give the Soviets pause.