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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General MacArthur had one American division of 15 , 000 men ; his Filipino
forces of 100 , 000 men , divided between scouts , constabulary , and territorial
militia , were largely untrained , most having about eight to ten weeks ' worth of
Theirs was a largely volunteer organization , but experienced naval aviators were
needed as guides and as leavening for the green recruits , and on occasion
aviators whose normal units were decimated were also ordered to join .
The State Department had been in communication with the Japanese
government , largely via the Spanish government , concerning the exchange of 6
, 000 sick or disabled American POWs in Japan for Japanese who wished to
return to their ...
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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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