The Doolittle Raid 1942: America's first strike back at Japan (Campaign 156)

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Osprey's study of the United States' first offensive response to the Pearl Harbor attacks of World War II (1939-1945). In early 1942, the strategic situation was bleak for the United States. She had been in continual retreat since Pearl Harbor, surrendering major areas such as the Philippines, and was preparing for the worst in Hawaii and on the West Coast. The Japanese, on the other hand, had secured a well-defended perimeter, and were set for further expansion. Something needed to happen quickly and be of ...

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Overview

Osprey's study of the United States' first offensive response to the Pearl Harbor attacks of World War II (1939-1945). In early 1942, the strategic situation was bleak for the United States. She had been in continual retreat since Pearl Harbor, surrendering major areas such as the Philippines, and was preparing for the worst in Hawaii and on the West Coast. The Japanese, on the other hand, had secured a well-defended perimeter, and were set for further expansion. Something needed to happen quickly and be of considerable impact. The April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan was a way to achieve this. This book examines the planning, execution, and aftermath of this innovative, daring and risky attack, which would show that the Japanese navy and air forces were anything but invincible.

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"Clayton Chun's book packs an enormous amount of historical detail into a deceptively thin volume... it reveals many surprises and forms an excellent basis for further study of one of history's most famous bombing raids." -Rowan Baylis, AeroScale

"...includes a superlative selection of maps and outstanding illustrations by Howard Gerrard. There is much more to the story than the simple voyage and bombing runs, and all that is brilliantly told in this book. It is one of those that any student of the period must have in their library." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com

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Varying in length from about 50 to 100 pages, these new titles in four of Osprey's military history series are aimed at a popular audience. A common feature of all Osprey titles is abundant illustration, and the present items do not disappoint. In addition, two titles-Field's Bronze Age War Chariots and Chun's The Doolittle Raid 1942-stand out for their insightful analyses. In Bronze Age War Chariots, Fields (ancient history & archaeology, Univ. of Edinburgh; Troy c.1700-1250 B.C.) discusses the development and use of chariots from roughly 3100 to 1200 B.C.E., with emphasis on those used by Egyptians, Hittites, and Mycenaeans. His thoughtful and well-organized text also discusses the types of horses these cultures employed, as well as the strategies adopted for chariot use on the battlefield. Fields's Ancient Greek Fortifications, 500-300 B.C. begins with a discussion of the political situation in ancient Greece and proceeds to describe the fortifications the Greeks constructed. Quarrying processes and the types of materials used to build the works are detailed, and the book concludes with tales of sieges that took place at the sites considered and a brief section on the sites today. Shpakovsky (history, Penza Univ., Russia; Kalka River 1223: Genghiz Khan's Mongols Invade Russia, coauthored with Nicolle) and Nicolle (Medieval Warfare Source Book) have collaborated on Armies of Ivan the Terrible, which, in fact, covers not only that ruler's forces-Ivan IV created Russia's first paid regular army-but also those of his predecessors and immediate successors. The different types of troops and their equipment are vividly described. The text abounds with Russian terms, most of which are translated or explained, though a glossary would have been helpful. Although this title fulfills Osprey's aim of producing a descriptive popular source, it ends without any sort of conclusion. In contrast, Chun's book on the Doolittle Raid stands out as an excellent example of an insightful popular source in military history. Chun (distance education, U.S. Army War Coll.; U.S. Army in the Plains Indian Wars, 1865-1891) begins by explaining the political, diplomatic, and military situation leading up to the raid. The planning processes are detailed, all of the major officers on each side discussed, and charts showing chains of command included. Maps show the paths individual bombers took. The final chapters analyze the raid's aftermath and mention modern-day sites tied to the operation. All four of these titles are suitable for public libraries.-Matthew J. Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Abington Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841769189
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Series: Campaign Series , #156
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Clayton KS Chun, PhD is Chair for the Department of Distance Education at the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania. He completed a full career in the United States Air Force with assignments in missile, space, strategy development, and teaching military and air power strategy. His book US Army in the Plains Indian Wars 1865-1891 was published by Osprey in 2004.

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    Months after the attack on Pearl Harbor,U.S. forces strike back at Japan

    The U.S. military was trying to come up with an idea of how to strke back at the Japanese mainland .One crazy idea was to launch a squadron of medium B-25 Mitchell bombers off the deck of a U.S. navy aircraft carrier.The officer leading the raid was Lt. Colonel James Dolittle,a well known pilot in the Army Air Force.His force of 16 medium bombers were to attack not only Tokyo,but other selected cities such as Osaka and Yokohama were to targeted by Dolittles' Raiders.Once the raid was over,the aircraft were to land in China and were flown back to the states.Most crews were either shot down trying to get to China,crash-landed in Japanese-occupied China where they were captured by Japanese troops .

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