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Radio equipment was insufficient and of poor quality, so that most sets suffered fatal breakdown. Staff officers furthermore had failed to draw up regulations for the transmission of messages, so that they were not graded in importance and private communications to family members vied with urgent military ones. Long delays occurred between the receipt of a message and its delivery to the appropriate officer. The avoidance of taboo words such as ‘withdrawal’, usually replaced with ‘transfer’ or ‘advance’, meant that staff officers in the rear had to scurry around the available maps before they figured out actual movements on the ground.

They drew nearly 2 million men per year into the army while maintaining social stability. They did so by protecting rural productivity, concentrating mobilisation in areas well known for producing soldiers and capable of sustaining recruitment, and protecting bureaucratic control over the recruitment process. They also kept army service reasonably attractive and permitted flexible local accommodations to dampen the disruptive effects of recruitment and taxation. Afterwards, the Japanese embargo, complete isolation from outside military supplies and grain markets, the collapse of transport networks, and the Japanese capture of Yichang caused financial and monetary chaos.

Were trying to do to him. As suggested in the Introduction, before the acceptance of Plan Dog, the USA had first tried to stay out of the Second World War altogether. Lend–Lease was an effort at arming proxies so that the USA itself did not have to go to war. Before Pearl Harbor, the USA and Britain had sought to avoid war with Japan and they had done so in part by seeking to trap Japan in China. The Soviet Union 28 Stilwell revisited successfully followed the same policy. Allied warfare is a complex business in which each of the partners will seek to get the most out of the other in pursuit of its own objectives.

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