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 aviators were more important than the planes , and both navies went to great
lengths to secure the safe return of their pilots , often running great risks to their
vessels and their crews in attempting to retrieve pilots returning after dark .
Worse , the pilots who were lost many of whom had a thousand hours in combat
experience over the skies in China , not to mention experience gained since —
were irreplaceable . American losses comprised ninety - nine carrier - based ...
Some veteran pilots were transferred to new squadrons to act as leavening ,
others became instructors . More to the point , steps were taken to ensure an
increased flow of new pilots , particularly from San Diego . No such steps were
taken by ...
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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
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