Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Command and Staff College Review
Online ISSN : 2187-1876
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Battle of the Sea of Japan
Lessons to be drawn from the study of the Combined Fleet standby point
Takashi NATSUI
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2024 Volume 13 Issue 2 Pages 115-140


The purpose of this paper is to examine the standby point of the Combined Fleet in the Battle of the Sea of Japan, and to draw lessons for operational planning. This paper also draws lessons based on the results of the study, while considering the operational concept of the military command. The Combined Fleet achieved an unprecedented complete victory in the Battle of the Sea of Japan, and its ctivities are still highly praised today. But it can be also said that the Combined Fleet won the gamble. It is the reason why Clausewitz said that War is a gamble not only in its objective nature, but also in its subjective nature and War involves the elements such as possibility, probability, fortune, and misfortune. The Battle of the Sea of Japan is also evidence of the wagering nature of war.

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