Would be an interesting argument had Japan had the naval forces to supply them, but from Midway forward the Japanese Navy was in freefall to it's demise. Britain's success in Imphal owes a huge debt of gratitude to the destruction of shipping by the US Navy.
And America's success in WWII also owed a huge debt to the British.. Britain's success in Imphal owes a huge debt of gratitude to the destruction of shipping by the US Navy.
I think the 2710 Liberty ships the United States manufactured between 1942 and 1945, and the 510 Victory ships outweighed any other shipping of the Pacific campaigns.And America's success in WWII also owed a huge debt to the British.
British technology given to the US included the cavity magnetron, proximity fuses and advanced shipborne radar (search & gunnery)
In the first year of the war the British Empire supplied more than 80% of the Allied (non Soviet) shipping tonnage, without which the war effort would have stalled.
The largest shipping company in the Pacific was the Canadian Pacific Shipping Lines (CP Ships) which were heavily utilized by the Americans.
Little importance in the long run can be made of what production of munitions could occur from sources in Vietnam, Malaysia, or Singapore. Other than the Burmese that joined the Japanese in the attacks on India, and a division of India's own people who fought alongside the Japanese, no troops were coming to reinforce the Japanese in those attacks. Instead Japan was taking their best commanders and soldiers from China, in a final attempt to stop the US Forces from reconquering the islands that led to a potential invasion of Japan, and who were strangling the oil that Japan needed from the Dutch East Indies.They had a through naval and logistics supply base and Singapore and Rangoon and inshore shipping from China over Gulf of Siam which US Navy could not reach but it was lack of inland logistics supply route , from Burma , especially lack of a railway line that crippled Japanese advance from Burma to India till 1944 (it is called Death Railway due to high level of casaulties among slave labour including Burmase , Siamese , Thais , Malayans and Allied POWs) Once railway was complated after much delay Japanese dared to launch Operation U-GO towards Kohima and Imphal though their logistical resources were still pretty insufficient.
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