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Bywater, Hector Charles

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1884-1940) UK journalist and author of influential works on the military applications of sea-power, and of a Future War novel on the same theme, The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-1933 (1925), which quite remarkably predicts a massive Japanese surprise attack and early triumphs, and an ultimate American victory, the latter due in large part to an inexhaustible supply of energy, once the American navy began to shorten its extended supply lines through an initially laborious island-hopping progress westwards to ultimate victory. In his Bywater: The Man Who Invented the Pacific War (1990), William H Honan suggests that Admiral Yamamoto read The Great Pacific War in the 1920s and used it as a blueprint for his eventual attack on Pearl Harbor; the book was also apparently read by the American military. [JC]

Hector Charles Bywater

born London: 21 October 1884

died London: 17 August 1940

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