Cushing's Coup: The True Story of How Lt. Col. James Cushing and His Filipino Guerrillas Captured Japan's Plan Z

Cushing's Coup: The True Story of How Lt. Col. James Cushing and His Filipino Guerrillas Captured Japan's Plan Z

by Dirk Jan Barreveld

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Overview

This work reveals one of the most important intelligence triumphs of World War II. It was no less than the capture of Japan’s “Plan Z”—the Empire’s fully detailed strategy for prosecuting the last stages of the Pacific War. It’s a story of happenstance, mayhem, and intrigue, and resulted directly in the spectacular U.S. victory in the Philippine Sea and MacArthur’s early return to Manila, doubtless shortening WWII by months.

One night in April 1944, Admiral Koga (successor to Yamamoto), commander-in-chief of Japanese forces in the Pacific, took off in a seaplane to establish new headquarters. For security reasons he had his chief-of-staff, Rear Admiral Fukudome, fly in a separate seaplane. But both aircraft ran into a tremendous typhoon and were knocked out of the skies. Koga’s plane crashed with the loss of all hands. Fukudome’s crashlanded into the sea off Cebu, the Philippines, and both the admiral and the precious Japanese war plans floated ashore.

Lt. Col. James M. Cushing was an American mining engineer who happened to be in Cebu when war broke out in the Pacific. He soon took charge of the local guerrillas and became a legendary leader. But his most spectacular exploit came when he captured Admiral Fukudome and the “Plan Z” that was in his tow. The result was a ferocious cat-and-mouse game between Cushing’s guerrillas and the Japanese occupation forces. While Cushing desperately sent out messages to MacArthur to say what he had found, the Japanese scoured the entire countryside, killing hundreds of civilians in a full-scale attempt to retrieve their loss.

Cushing finally traded the admiral in return for a cessation of civilian deaths—but he still secretly retained the Japanese war plans. Naturally both Tokyo and Washington tried to cover up what was happening at the time—neither wanted the other to know what they’d lost, or what they’d found. However, in this book we finally learn of the huge intelligence coup by Lt. Col. Cushing that helped to shorten the entire war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612003078
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2015
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,234,648
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PART ONE: THE PACIFIC ON FIRE
PROLOGUE: THE ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1 THE OTSU INCIDENT
2 JOINING THE GOLD RUSH
3 THE MAGIC OF CEBU
4 SITUATION UNTENABLE
5 THE HUNT FOR PLAN Z
6 JAPAN AND WORLD WAR II
7 UNDER ATTACK!
8 THE AMERICAN SURRENDER
9 THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CEBU

PART TWO: GUERRILLA WARFARE IN CEBU, PHILIPPINES
10 THE BIRTH OF A GUERRILLA ARMY
11 TABUNAN
12 JAPANESE COUNTERATTACKS
13 GUERRILLA WARFARE IN THE PHILIPPINES
14 THE BATTLE FOR TABUNAN
15 THE STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION

PART THREE: THE Z-PLAN
16 THE CODE BREAKERS
17 THE DOCUMENTS THAT CHANGED THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC
18 PLAN Z IN AMERICAN HANDS
19 GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR AND THE PHILIPPINES
20 PLANNING THE RETURN
21 “I HAVE RETURNED”
22 THE LIBERATION OF CEBU
PART FOUR: EPILOGUE
23 THE END OF WORLD WAR II
24 THE OTSU INCIDENT IN HINDSIGHT
25 LIEUTENANT COLONEL JAMES M. CUSHING

ENDNOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy in-depth stories about free people resisting tyranny, this book is for you. Encapsulates the human drama of fighting Imperial Japan at a time when Japanese rule was considered assured.