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American Philosophical Society
Planned Invasion of Japan, 1945: The Siberian Weather Advantage (Memoir 223)
Hatton S. Yoder, Jr
The massive invasion of Japan planned for Nov., 1945, required accurate knowledge of the weather conditions that moved across the Japanese Islands from Siberia. The U.S. Navy MOKO Expedition was sent to Siberia to forecast the weather for the invasion forces. Even though the unconditional surrender of the Japanese govt. was received on 14 Aug. 1945, it was not evident that all Japanese forces would surrender peacefully. An abortive coup supported the view that plans for invasion should proceed. The MOKO Expedition arrived in Siberia on 24 Aug. 1945 & became operational on 15 Oct. 1945 when the first weather bulletin was transmitted to Guam. The desperate efforts to set up a major weather station in time for the planned invasion were successful in spite of the exasperating tactics of the Soviets, the incredibly cold weather, & the primitive environment. Hattten Yoder served as an aerologist (meteorologist) on the expedition. Here, his story of the U.S. Navy Expedition is reconstructed partly from memory, partly from the first draft of preliminary notes, & official conference reports from the commanding officer of the expedition. Yoder offers a vivid picture of the Navy’s work in the Soviet Union. Photos & maps.
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