The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions

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Casemate Publishers, May 1, 2011 - History - 336 pages

This book presents a detailed evaluation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on the operational and tactical level. It examines such questions as: Was the strategy underlying the attack sound? Were there flaws in planning or execution? How did Japanese military culture influence the planning? How risky was the attack? What did the Japanese expect to achieve, balanced against what they did achieve? Were there Japanese blunders? What were their consequences? What might have been the results if the attack had not benefited from the mistakes of the American commanders? The book also addresses the body of folklore about the attack, supporting or challenging many contentious issues such as the skill level of the Japanese aircrew, whether midget submarines torpedoed Oklahoma and Arizona, as has been recently claimed, whether the Japanese ever really considered launching a third wave attack, and the consequences of a “3rd wave” attack against the Naval Shipyard and the fuel storage tanks if it had been executed.

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The author relentlessly cuts through decades of folklore and received wisdom to expose what really happened during the attack. He also analyses the various mistakes both the Japanese and American ... Read full review

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User Review  - GeoKaras - LibraryThing

A brilliant analysis of the planning and execution of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bebunks the many myths surrounding the attack, including the idea that the plan was brilliant, that the execution was ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Dr. Alan D. Zimm is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he heads a section in the Aviation Systems and Advanced Concepts Group. He is a former officer in the US Navy, completing his service as a Commander, and holds degrees in Physics, Operations Research, and Public Administration with a concentration on Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning.

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