Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II [NOOK Book]

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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offensive in the Far East seemed unstoppable. Allied forces engaged in a futile attempt to halt their rapid advance, culminating in the massed fleet of American, British, Dutch, and Australian forces (ABDA) clashing with the Japanese at the battle of the Java Sea - the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. But, in a campaign crippled by poor leadership and disastrous decisions, the Allied response was catastrophic, losing their largest warships ...

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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offensive in the Far East seemed unstoppable. Allied forces engaged in a futile attempt to halt their rapid advance, culminating in the massed fleet of American, British, Dutch, and Australian forces (ABDA) clashing with the Japanese at the battle of the Java Sea - the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. But, in a campaign crippled by poor leadership and disastrous decisions, the Allied response was catastrophic, losing their largest warships and their tenuous toe-hold in the south Pacific within the first 72 hours of the battle. This defeat left ground troops cut off from reinforcement and supply, with obsolete equipment, no defense against endless Japanese air attacks, and with no chance of retreat.However, although command decisions were to condemn the Allies to defeat, the Allied goal was never an outright victory, simply a delaying action. Facing a relentless and thoroughly vicious enemy, the combined forces responded not by running or surrendering, but by defiantly holding on in a struggle that was as much a test of character, bravery, and determination as it was a test of arms, ultimately costing the Allies ten vessels and the lives of 2,100 brave sailors. In Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey Cox examines the events and evidence surrounding the Java Sea Campaign, reconstructing battles that in hindsight were all but hopeless and revealing where fatal mistakes and missed opportunities condemned the Allied forces in an insightful and compelling study of the largely overlooked clash in the Java Sea.

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"In the Pacific War’s first months, elements of four navies, Dutch, British, American, and Australian, fought a delaying action against superior Japanese forces as heroic as it was hopeless. Cox brings an attorney’s incisiveness, a historian’s comprehension, and a storyteller’s passion to this compelling account of the Java Sea campaign. Rising Sun, Falling Skies commemorates not a defense but a defiance: a forgotten epic of character and honor." Dennis Showalter

“A seminal work about a long neglected part of World War II in the Pacific… richly detailed with accounts from the men on both sides of the conflict who fought desperate struggles in 1942 either as conquerors or defenders." –Mike Walling, author of Forgotten Sacrifice and Bloodstained Sea

Library Journal
04/01/2014
Cox, a freelance military historian, focuses on the first three months of World War II in the Southeast Pacific, which culminated in the February 1942 Battle of the Java Sea, in which the Allied Dutch, British, American, and Australian naval forces fell to the Japanese. Cox integrates his strategic and tactical analyses with the narratives of those involved in the Pacific Theater. He is very critical of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Dutch Admiral Conrad Helfrich, whose personal failures so damaged Allied work in the Southeast Pacific. Cox points out that these united armies fought with different strategic goals, dramatically weakening the overall effort. With no experience in joint operations, they even fumbled basic cooperative moves, with fundamental deficiencies in communications, logistics, and air power. These, along with unfortunate accidents, severely handicapped the endeavor. The author expressly honors the bravery of those who were wounded or died in this failed attempt to defend Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines, and Australia. Cox, who is also an attorney, ably documents his pointed conclusions, citing U.S., British, Dutch, and Japanese sources. VERDICT This book will appeal to all readers interested in military affairs, especially in relation to World War II.—Mark Jones, Mercantile Lib., Cincinnati
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472808349
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Series: General Military
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 28,270
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey R. Cox is a litigation attorney and an independent military historian specializing in World War II, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome, as well as a contributor to Military History Online (www.militaryhistoryonline.com). He holds a bachelor's degree in National Security Policy Studies from the Ohio State University and has studied the Pacific War since 1981. The author lives in Indianapolis, IN.
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