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General Marshall also began to show misgivings about the cost of the southern Formosa-Amoy operation vis-à-vis Luzon, although he remained convinced that the Formosa-first course was strategically the more desirable. Admiral Nimitz expressed no strong opinion on the relative cost of the two campaigns, but, "backing" into the problem, stated that the occupation of Luzon after Formosa need not delay the pace of the war in the Pacific. If Formosa came first, Nimitz pointed out, MacArthur's task on Luzon would be considerably eased and, presumably, less costly.

From the first, General MacArthur's plans for the invasion of Luzon called for the main effort to be made at Lingayen Gulf, on the west-central shore of the island. The choice was practically inevitable, for Lingayen Gulf, where the Japanese had made their major landings in 1941,4 provides direct access to the 2 For details of the change in plan and of the Leyte landings, see Cannon, Leyte, chs. I and IV. 3 MUSKETEER III, 26 Sep 44. For the planning of specific operations in the southern Philippines and the Indies, see below, ch.

17 MacArthur believed that the plans to bypass Luzon were purely Navy16 MUSKETEER I, 10 Jul 44; MUSKETEER II, 29 Aug 44; MUSKETEER III, 26 Sep 44. 17 See the sources cited in note 6, above, and also JCS 713/10, 4 Sep 44 (memo from King for the JCS), and associated papers in OPD ABC 384 Pacific (1- Sep 17-43) 44. Sec. 18 Actually, the War and Navy Departments were as internally split during the Luzon versus Formosa debate as they had been earlier over the question of bypassing all the Philippines.

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