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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While Midway had been the first decisive victory over the Imperial Japanese
Navy , Gona and Buna had proven that the Imperial Japanese Army was
vulnerable as well in a jungle milieu . While MacArthur was massing troops in
Australia for a ...
On Roosevelt ' s orders , the imperial palace was left untouched . But one night in
May 1945 , during a fire storm resulting from the bombs , flaming debris leapt the
moat and razed a portion of the imperial residences within the 500 acres that ...
Of course , the military could also rationalize disobedience of the throne under
the doctrine of gekokujo , which meant in effect that if they thought the emperor
was being badly advised , military leaders could disobey the imperial will in order
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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
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