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 practice of isolating potential Japanese strongholds and bypassing them to
strike where the enemy was weaker became an integral part of the navy ' s plan
for prosecuting the war . The first manifestation of this strategy became Operation
True , he sank four enemy carriers , but if Kurita had not lost his nerve at the
crucial moment , Kinkaid would have had no effective defense against Yamato
and her escorting ships . It was a calculated risk , but one that Kinkaid did not ...
He would slowly yield ground to the enemy , allowing them to conquer portions of
central Burma . Gradually his own supply lines would contract , while the Allied
lines would lengthen . What Kimura did not appreciate was Allied air power ...
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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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