Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II

Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II

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by Jeffrey Cox
     
 

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Few events have ever shaken a country in the way that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor affected the United States. The Japanese forces then continued to overwhelm the Allies, attacking Malaya with its fortress of Singapore, and taking resource-rich islands in the Pacific in their own blitzkrieg offensive. Allied losses in these early months after America’s

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Few events have ever shaken a country in the way that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor affected the United States. The Japanese forces then continued to overwhelm the Allies, attacking Malaya with its fortress of Singapore, and taking resource-rich islands in the Pacific in their own blitzkrieg offensive. Allied losses in these early months after America’s entry into the war were great, and among the most devastating were those suffered during the Java Sea Campaign, where a small group of Americans, British, Dutch, and Australians were isolated in the Far East – directly in the path of the Japanese onslaught. It would be the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific.

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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

"As Japanese forces were hitting Pearl Harbor, countrymen undertook to maul the Allies in the Java Sea. That 1941-1942 onslaught, which cost the Royal Navy the dreadnoughts Repulse and Prince of Wales, inflicted a string of defeats unjustifiably accorded short shrift in many histories. Here they receive an informed airing."—World War II Magazine

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472808349
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/20/2014
Series:
General Military Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
121,050
File size:
10 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.

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Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BillCA More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read about WW ll in the Pacific. Extremely well written. If there is really a "can't put it down" book, this is it. Jeffrey Cox puts the reader in the middle of the action. If you like action at sea, this is the book to read. Very highly recommended. The book also provides excellent detail on the struggles that existed in the multi nation command structure that existed in the western pacific. Very interesting.
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