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Pacific Campaign: The U.S.-Japanes Naval War 1941-1945

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Publisher Comments:

Dan van der Vat's naval histories have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as "definitive," "extraordinary," and "vivid and harrowing." Now he turns to the greatest naval conflict in history: the Pacific campaign of World War II. Drawing on neglected archives of firsthand accounts from both sides, van der Vat interweaves eyewitness testimony with sharp, analytical narration to provide a penetrating reappraisal of the strategic and political background of both the Japanese and American forces, as well as a major reassessment of the role of intelligence on both sides. A comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of the war in the Pacific, andlt;Iandgt;The Pacific Campaignandlt;/Iandgt; promises to be the standard work on the U.S.-Japanese war for years to come.

Synopsis:

Dan van der Vat's naval histories have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as "definitive," "extraordinary," and "vivid and harrowing." Now he turns to the greatest naval conflict in history: the Pacific campaign of World War II. Drawing on neglected archives of firsthand accounts from both sides, van der Vat interweaves eyewitness testimony with sharp, analytical narration to provide a penetrating reappraisal of the strategic and political background of both the Japanese and American forces, as well as a major reassessment of the role of intelligence on both sides. A comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of the war in the Pacific, The Pacific Campaign promises to be the standard work on the U.S.-Japanese war for years to come.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Dan van der Vatandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of andlt;Iandgt;The Atlantic Campaign, The Ship That Changed the World, Gentlemen of War,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Grand Scuttle.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Contents

LIST OF MAPS

Preface

The Rise of Japan

Introduction

US errs

Japan strikes

Pearl Harbor

Philippines

Guam

Wake Island

British battleships sunk

PART I

COLLISION COURSE

Chapter 1

The View from the East

Japan expands

German alliance

Japanese militarism

Hirohito

the Navy

Manchuria

the Army revolts

"China Incident"

clashes with Russia

autarky and reform

US reacts

Japan takes the southern option

Yamamoto

US overreacts

the junta goes to war

Chapter 2

The View from the West

Origins of World War II

US neutrality

Washington Conference

US isolationism

Roosevelt

US lntelligence

"Purple"

hunt for scapegoats

"Magic" and "Ultra"

who knew?

the Maryknoll mission

last talks

US war warning

war

PART II

JAPAN RAMPANT

Chapter 3

Japan Attacks

Churchill on the rack

British trounced in Malaya

Singapore falls

US Navy stretched

uncommon front from Burma to Australia

Japan's strategy

the "Zero" fighter

ABDA command

Dutch East Indies

Indian Ocean

Bataan and the "Death March"

Chapter 4

The Giant Awakes

US Admirals Kimmel

King

Nimitz

Halsey

US Navy hits back

Doolittle bombs Tokyo

US submarines

and dud torpedoes

Japan goes too far

General MacArthur, USA

Chapter 5

The Turn of the Tide

Junta dazed by its own success

what next?

Battle of the Coral Sea

Japan halted

Rochefort's intelligence

Battle of Midway

Admiral Spruance

Japan thrashed

US Aleutians seized

Chapter 6

Papua and Guadalcanal

US goes for Rabaul

gallant little Australia

General Sir Thomas Blamey

MacArthur takes over

Papua campaign

target southern Solomons

Marines land

Japanese counter

US disaster at Savo Island

US raid on Makin

"Tokyo Express"

Henderson Field

carriers clash

Japan reinforces

Chapter 7

At Sea in the Solomons

US reinforces

submarine I19

"Bloody Ridge"

battles in the Slot

Halsey takes over

Sergeant Basilone, USMC

US carriers hit

US admirals and cruisers lost

"L" for language

"Tenacious Tanaka"

know throe enemy

Japan withdraws from Guadalcanal and Papua

US torpedo debacle

PART III

AMERICA RESURGENT

Chapter 8

Intelligence Applied

Casablanca

Operation Cartwheel

crisis in Japan

Bismarck Sea battle

blood in the water

Yamamoto's last flight

code-breaking chaos

Japanese intelligence

a German view

Japan's substandard subs

Chapter 9

Birth of the Leapfrog

Aleutians regained

death of a pilot

Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea

up the Solomons ladder

bypass and leapfrog-Bougainville

New Britain

Japan trims

soldiers' gripes

conferences

Chapter 10

Hitting the Beaches

The Gilberts

shock of Tarawa

divided US command

the Marshalls invaded

Truk battered

Rabaul bypassed

sitting out the war

MacArthur leapfrogs

western New Guinea

Morotai

Chapter 11

The Marianas and the Great Turkey Shoot

US prepares

the B-29 bomber

Saipan

Philippine Sea battle

"Turkey Shoot"

Spruance blamed for winning

US Marines versus US Army

Nagumo's last stand

human lemmings

Tinian

Guam recovered

Tojo à gogo

US submarine heyday

wolfpacks and convoys

Japanese interservice rivalry

MacArthur shall return

Chapter 12

THE Philippines and Leyte Gulf

British return

Mindanao bypassed

"hitting 'em where they ain't"

more Morotai

Palau

Formosa

Leyte invaded

Mac back

kamikaze

Battle of Leyte Gulf

"The world wonders"

struggles ashore

Halsey's typhoon

Luzon

Chapter 13

"...Not Necessarily to Japan's Advantage..."

Bombing Japan

junta blames people

subs strangle Japan

Iwo Jima

flag up (twice)

Okinawa

supership Yamato sunk

US mighty, slow

Prime Minister Suzuki

death of FDR

Truman-the Bomb

USS Indianapolis

Potsdam Declaration

Hiroshima

enter the USSR

Nagasaki

surrender

the final score

MacArthur' s last word

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND SOURCES

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671792176
Author:
Van Der Vat, Dan
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Dan Van der Vat
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
December 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24PP INSERT; 6 MAPS
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 17.71 oz

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Dan van der Vat's naval histories have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as "definitive," "extraordinary," and "vivid and harrowing." Now he turns to the greatest naval conflict in history: the Pacific campaign of World War II. Drawing on neglected archives of firsthand accounts from both sides, van der Vat interweaves eyewitness testimony with sharp, analytical narration to provide a penetrating reappraisal of the strategic and political background of both the Japanese and American forces, as well as a major reassessment of the role of intelligence on both sides. A comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of the war in the Pacific, The Pacific Campaign promises to be the standard work on the U.S.-Japanese war for years to come.

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