Re: Could Japan have won in the Pacific . . .
If the carriers had been at pearl, the war would have taken a lot longer, I saw a documentary recently where several thousand Japanese troops actually landed near Alaska, built an Airstrip and set up a defensive line, but US air power blasted them and US ground troops took them out. as far as japanese taking and holding the entire pacific, I dont't think so, I think if that were the case US commanders would have pulled some of the N atlantic fleet to dispense of any ships
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