lwd wrote: You're right. As a diversion it's a no go. It would have to be a full fledged campaign, and the Aleutians operation would need to go away also. ickysdad wrote: You're absolutely right, but initially Japan will have the advantage. They have to hit hard, fast, then dig in deep. The US will initially rush everything possible to Australia to attempt to prevent further deterioration of the situation, but there's not much available. They'll then have to decide if they want to reorient from a Europe first strategy and if so to what degree. Then they'll have to reallocate resources, redeploy resources and finally ship them to the area of operations. It all takes time. Once America's industrial might makes itself fully felt it's all over but the crying. Until then they can keep the situation in doubt.