Japanese Destroyer Captain

Author: Tameichi Hara,Fred Saito,Roger Pineau

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: 9781591143840

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 310

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The 1961 memoir of an Imperial Japanese naval commander during the Pacific War describes his more than 100 sorties against the Allies, recounting the victories in the early days through his surviving the sinking of his own ship on April 7, 1945. (This book was previously listed in Forecast. Original.

Japanese Destroyer Captain

Author: Tameichi Hara

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1612513743

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 6520

This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain. A hero to his countrymen, Capt. Hara exemplified the best in Japanese surface commanders: highly skilled, hard driving, and aggressive. Moreover, he maintained a code of honor worthy of his samurai grandfather, and, as readers of this book have come to appreciate, he was as free with praise for American courage and resourcefulness as he was critical of himself and his senior commanders.

The Captains

Author: William Wardlaw

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1387152858

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9128

Based on actual events leading up to and including the early phases of World War II in the Pacific, The Captains tells the human story as two powerful nations prepare for and fight a war that will quickly engage the entire world. Three men, James O'Reiley, Captain of the US submarine USS Boxfish, Takatoyo Nakada, Captain of the Japanese destroyer IJN Arasikaze and the American Richard Doyle,a mathematical genius and logician born and raised in Japan become necessary parts of the massive planning and buildup for the inevitable war. Amelia Woolman is a young American meteorologist who begins operating in secret as a coast-watcher, trapped on a small island in the Java Sea when the war surrounds her, and she is hunted by the Japanese. At the sea's surface and in its depths, war is experienced at its most brutal level; the terrifying life and death combat between the hunter and the hunted.

Guadalcanal Campaign

Author: N.A

Publisher: PediaPress



Page: 403

View: 5875

Tropical Warfare in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1941-45

Author: Kaushik Roy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317538315

Category: History

Page: 266

View: 906

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the land war during the Second World War in South-East Asia and the South and South-West Pacific. The extensive existing literature focuses on particular armies – Japanese, British, American, Australian or Indian – and/or on particular theatres – the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Malaya or Burma. This book, on the contrary, argues that warfare in all the theatres was very similar, especially the difficulties of the undeveloped terrain, and that there was considerable interchange of ideas between the allied armies which enabled the spread of best practice among them. The book considers tactics, training, technology and logistics, assesses the changing state of the combat effectiveness of the different armies, and traces the course of the war from the Japanese Blitzkrieg of 1941, through the later stalemate, and the hard fought Allied fightback. Although the book concentrates on ground forces, due attention is also given to air forces and amphibious operations. One important argument put forward by the author is that the defeat of the Japanese was not inevitable and that it was brought about by chance and considerable tactical ingenuity on the part of US and British imperial forces.

Morning Star, Midnight Sun

Author: Jeffrey Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147282640X

Category: History

Page: 468

View: 8028

Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory. Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regaining dominance in the Pacific.

Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 (Vol. 3) (The Pacific War Trilogy)

Author: Ian W. Toll

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393651819

Category: History

Page: 944

View: 8829

New York Times Bestseller The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, “one of the great storytellers of War” (Evan Thomas). In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The capture of the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanese carrier airpower marked a pivotal moment in the Pacific War. No tactical masterstroke or blunder could reverse the increasingly lopsided balance of power between the two combatants. The War in the Pacific had entered its endgame. Beginning with the Honolulu Conference, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with his Pacific theater commanders to plan the last phase of the campaign against Japan, Twilight of the Gods brings to life the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts. Ian W. Toll’s narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also reconstructs the Japanese and American home fronts and takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided. Drawing from a wealth of rich archival sources and new material, Twilight of the Gods casts a penetrating light on the battles, grand strategic decisions and naval logistics that enabled the Allied victory in the Pacific. An authoritative and riveting account of the final phase of the War in the Pacific, Twilight of the Gods brings Toll’s masterful trilogy to a thrilling conclusion. This prize-winning and best-selling trilogy will stand as the first complete history of the Pacific War in more than twenty-five years, and the first multivolume history of the Pacific naval war since Samuel Eliot Morison’s series was published in the 1950s.

Rain of Steel

Author: Stephen L. Moore

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 168247531X

Category: History

Page: 456

View: 814

The last Pacific campaign of World War II was the most violent on record. Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher’s Task Force 58 carriers had conducted air strikes on mainland Japan and supported the Iwo Jima landings, but his aviators were sorely tested once the Okinawa campaign commenced on 1 April 1945. Rain of Steel follows Navy and Marine carrier aviators in the desperate air battles to control the kamikazes directed by Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki. The latter would unleash ten different Kikusui aerial suicide operations, one including a naval force built around the world’s most powerful battleship, the 71,000-ton Yamato. These battles are related largely through the words and experiences of some of the last living U.S. fighter aces of World War II. More than 1,900 kamikaze sorties—and thousands more traditional attack aircraft—would be launched against the U.S. Navy’s warships, radar picket ships, and amphibious vessels during the Okinawa campaign. In this time, Navy, Marine, and Army Air Force pilots would claim some 2,326 aerial victories. The most successful four-man fighter division in U.S. Navy history would be crowned during the fight against Ugaki’s kamikazes. The Japanese named the campaign tetsu no ame (“rain of steel”), often referred to in English as “typhoon of steel.”

Staggering Pacific

Author: Max Lamirande

Publisher: Independently Published



Page: 0

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The year is 1942. The war rages all across the Pacific theater. Battles have been fought from the Hawaiian Islands to the city of Kunming in China, in Australia, and in New Guinea. Cities have been destroyed, raided, and many areas lie in ruins. Large naval battles have been fought, and dozens upon dozens of ships have been sunk to the bottom. Imperial Japan reigns supreme everywhere. The Allies are almost out of ships. But America has not yet given up on ultimate victory. Its factories are producing ships at a never before seen speed. Large fleets will soon roam the seas. And in the meantime, the outmatched Allied forces resist and fight back everywhere-Australia, New Guinea, the Solomons Islands, the U.S. West Coast even. And Imperial Japan tries its best to destroy them. As November 1942 opens, the fight is brought to the remote islands of Guadalcanal and Tahiti. The U.S. Navy sends its beleaguered (and outnumbered) ships southward while Yamamoto is anchored with most of its naval strength in Oahu. More ships soon arrive from Japan as the Grand Admiral is bound to reinforce Admiral Inoue's 2nd Fleet in the face of the enemy surge. The Empire cannot afford to lose the Solomon Islands and the South Seas. As both fleets converge, another large naval battle looms. And it won't take long for the Japanese Grand Admiral to realize that the U.S. West Coast is open to attack, as most of its ships are gone to fight elsewhere. In the middle of it all, war heroes fight the battles that will decide victory. A brave Japanese destroyer captain, soldiers on the ground in Guadalcanal and China, a reckless American Submarine captain, and both a Japanese and a U.S. aces fight other planes in the sky above for mastery of the air. This is the story of the Second World War in the Pacific