On December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes appeared from the clouds above Pearl Harbor and fundamentally changed the course of history; with this one surprise attack, the previously isolationist America was irrevocably thrown into the fray and World War II had begun in earnest.
This definitive history reveals each of the major battles that America would fight in the ensuing struggle against Imperial Japan, from the naval clashes at Midway and Coral Sea to the desperate, bloody fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Each chapter reveals both the horrors of the battle and the Allies' grim yet heroic determination to wrest victory from what often seemed to be certain defeat, offering a valuable guide to the long road to victory in the Pacific. It is the definitive guide to a unique conflict in history, documenting the rise of naval aviation, spectacular amphibious operations, co-ordinated suicide tactics, and the birth of the atomic age.
About the Author
Contributors include: Gordon Rottman, Carl Smith, Mark Stille, Joseph Mueller, Derrick Wright, Jim Moran, and Bernard Ireland.
Foreword by Dale Dye who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1964 and served in Vietnam, surviving 31 major combat operations. He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated, and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Dye founded Warriors, Inc, the leading military consultancy to motion pictures and television shortly after retiring from the Marine Corps and his firm has worked on more than 50 movies and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions.
Introduction by Professor Robert O'Neill, AO D.Phil. (Oxon), Hon D. Litt. (ANU), FASSA who served in the Australian Army, and has held a number of eminent positions in history circles, including Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford, and Chairman of the Board of the Imperial War Museum and the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. He is the author of many books including works on the German Army and the Nazi Party, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Now based in Australia on his retirement from Oxford he is the Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and Planning Director of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Table of Contents
Pearl Harbor Carl Smith 15
Coral Sea Mark Stille 39
Midway Mark Stille 62
Guadalcanal Joseph Mueller 86
Tarawa Derrick Wright 113
Marshall Islands Gordon L. Rottman 135
Peleliu Jim Moran Gordon L. Rottman 160
Leyte Gulf Bernard Ireland 184
Iwo Jima Derrick Wright 209
Okinawa Gordon L. Rottman 232