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Here is a capsule description of each of the five "Rainbow" Plans"

a. Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan Rainbow No. 1:

Prevent the violation of the letter or spirit of the Monroe Doctrine by protecting that territory of the Western Hemisphere from which the vital interests of the United States can be threatened, while protecting the United States, its possessions and its sea﷓borne trade. This territory is assumed to be any part of the Western Hemisphere north of the approximate latitude ten degrees south.
This plan will not provide for projecting U. S. Army Forces farther south than the approximate latitude ten degrees south or outside of the Western Hemisphere.

b. Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan Rainbow No. 2:

(1) Provide for the missions in a.
(2) Under the assumption that the United States, Great Britain, and France are acting in concert, on terms wherein the United States does not provide maximum participation in continental Europe, but undertakes, as its major share in the concerted effort, to sustain the interests of Democratic Powers in the Pacific, to provide for the tasks essential to sustain these interests, and to defeat enemy forces in the Pacific.

c. Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan Rainbow No. 3:

(1) Carry out the missions of the joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan-Rainbow No. 1.
(2) Protect United States' vital interests in the Western Pacific by securing control in the Western Pacific, as rapidly as possible consistent with carrying out the missions in a.

d. Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan Rainbow No. 4:

(1) Prevent the violation of the letter or spirit of the Monroe Doctrine by protecting all the territory and Governments of the Western Hemisphere against external aggression while protecting the United States, its possessions, and its sea﷓borne trade. This Plan will provide for projecting such, U. S. Army Forces as necessary to the southern part of the South American continent or to the Eastern Atlantic.

e. Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan Rainbow No. 5:

(1) Provide for the missions in a.
(2) Project the armed forces of the United States to the Eastern Atlantic and to either or both of the African or European Continents, as rapidly as possible consistent with carrying out the missions in a above, in order to effect the decisive defeat of Germany, or Italy, or both. This plan will assume concerted action between the United States, Great Britain, and France.

Source: US Army in World War II: Strategic Planning for Coalition Warfare, 1941-1942 , Matloff and Snell, pp. 7-8.

Larry J

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