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Operation Roundup Reconsidered

By Antonio J. Muñoz

The question of whether allies could after a 1942 plan codenamed Sledgehammer, calling for a have conducted a successful invasion of France in 1943 has been argued and written about by many historians. Proponents for a second front a year before it actually happened point to the fact the Americans had a well-developed plan to invade in 1943 (Operation Roundup) and, more importantly, the Allies had the men and materiel with which to do it.

No one denies that, had the Allies taken the calculated risk to invade France in 1943 and then failed, the consequences of such a reversal would have far outweighed any possible benefits from invading at that time.

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· Saddam Moves South: What If? On 2 August 1990 the Iraqis rolled into Kuwait, quickly seizing the country. The response of the US was immediate, with President George Bush (the elder) mobilizing a Coalition to fight the invaders. A major concern among Western and Mid-East leaders was the possibility of Saddam immediately continuing into Saudi Arabia. What could have happened had he moved south?

· Operation Roundup Reconsidered: The question of whether the Allies should have conducted an invasion of France in 1943 has been argued and written about by many historians ever since. Here is our analysis.

· The US Navy’s Yangtze River Patrol: In 1844 America and China signed the Treaty of Wangxia. It gave American traders access to five ports and extraterritoriality to American citizens. Another clause gave the US military the right to intervene to “protect American lives and property.” That was the birth of what grew to become the US Navy’s Yangtze River Patrol.

· Pompey vs. the Pirates: The Roman Republic appeared to be at a highpoint in 68, but there was one enemy who remained relentless—the pirates of the Mediterranean. Only a year later, however, the Romans—under the inspired leadership of Pompey “the Great,” had swept them from the sea. How he accomplished that is one of the great episodes of what is today called “joint warfare.”

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