Never Look Back: A History of World War II in the Pacific
50 years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and brought a reluctant America into World War II. Armed with fresh materials, which have become available only in the last decade, Renzi and Roehrs take a critical look at the decisive Japanese-American episodes in "The Great Pacific War". Unlike standard histories of World War II, "Never Look Back" includes the Japanese perspective, bringing to light challenging facts: in "Operation Flying Elephant" the Japanese attempted to cause forest fires in the American West by releasing hydrogen-filled balloons. When Americans of Japanese ancestry were interned during the conflict, word reached Japan of their plight and resulted in even greater mistreatment of American POWs in Japan. It is argued that Japan did not surrender because of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or because of the conventional firebombing or because of the US submarine campaign, but because the USSR entered the war.
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The difficulties involved were formidable : Pearl Harbor lay 3 , 500 miles from
Japan , and the Japanese did not view themselves as possessing a true deep -
water navy . Prior to 1941 every naval battle in Japanese history had been fought
Launch was to take place 400 miles from the Japanese coastline . The Japanese
may well have detected Halsey ' s task force without his knowledge , but it made
no difference — they did not know he carried twin - engine bombers , which had ...
The Superfortress could also cruise at a higher speed than the B - 17 : 290 miles
per hour for the former and 182 for the latter . The range of the B - 29 also greatly
outdistanced that of the B – 17 : the B - 29 could carry the war to the heart of the ...
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Although presented as a history of the Pacific War from the Japanese point of view and a work that should provide new insights for Americans, this book by late historian Renzi fails to offer any new ... Read full review
Planning Operation Hawaii
From Pearl Harbor to Java
Coral Sea and Midway
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