Cushing’s Coup

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

Dirk Jan Barreveld

 
Date Published :
July 2015
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Illustration :
16pp photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781612003078
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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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

REVIEWS
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while the Philippines may have been remiss in overlooking or ignoring James Cushing's contribution to its history and continued existence, Dirk Jan Barreveld has to a considerable extent compensated for this with his remarkable account of Cushing's Coup and the all but forgotten guerrilla war waged by the Filipinos against the Japanese from 1942 to 1945

- David J.A. Stone, British military historian, author and former soldier , September 2015

A must-read book

- Sun Star (Cebu, Philippines), December 2015

Every once in a while there is a book about a forgotten or neglected aspect of World War II history that makes a reader wonder why this story has not been turned into a movie. Cushing's Coup is one of those books...reveals the serendipitous discovery and savvy exploitation of the intelligence coup of the naval plans of the Imperial Japanese Navy for 1944, demonstrating the importance of intelligence to the prosecution of the Allied effort during the Pacific War, and how that intelligence depended on little-known and poorly remembered people on the ground like Lt. Col. James Cushing and his local guerrillas of Cebu. Also of great interest, besides the value of this work in the larger place of World War II historiography, is the attention paid to areas of political, diplomatic, and logistical skill, a vivid portrayal of the difficulties of guerrilla and anti-insurgent combat, and also the difficulties faced by war heroes in being remembered when their service has taken place in what are now post-colonial regimes. In providing a record of the heroism of a forgotten man, this book serves to enlighten its readers about a man as well as the place and time in which he operated, all of which are insufficiently known even by those who are avid readers of World War II history -

- Naval Historical Foundation, April 2016

..full of details not only about the capture of the admiral and war plans, but also of the hard service of Filipino resistance fighters and the war they fought. It captures the difficulties faced by Cushing and his troops as they seized the opportunity given to them, revealing the compelling story of how a few unknown fighters had a major impact on the war's outcome."

- WWII History, May 2016

L... details Cushing's capture of Admiral Shiguru Fukudome of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Philippines and describes Cushing's role in securing the Plan Z documents amid cover-ups on both sides, ongoing guerilla warfare, and civilian deaths in Philippines at the hands of Japanese soldiers. The book also describes how the documents were translated, de-coded, and used by the Allies. The book includes b&w historical photos and maps

- Protoview, November 2016

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