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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His staff had planned for a major operation against the tiny atoll of Midway , part
of the Hawaiian chain but 1 , 200 miles west of Pearl . He envisioned a major
engagement that would capture the atoll and then destroy the American carriers ...
This constituted a major error because it failed to take into account America's far
longer supply lines in the Pacific. The American merchant marine would have
been a vulnerable, tempting target indeed had the Japanese directed a major, ...
By mid - spring , the British realized they could seize Rangoon , the capital city
and a major port , before the May monsoon rains began . Thus , the interservice
race for the city began on April 1 , 1945 . On May 1 , an amphibious landing was
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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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