A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941- 1945
For almost 20 years, more than 200 reels of microfilmed Japanese naval records remained in the custody of the U.S. Naval History Division, virtually untouched. This unique book draws on those sources and others to tell the story of the Pacific War from the viewpoint of the Japanese. Former Marine Corps officer and Asian scholar Paul Dull focuses on the major surface engagements of the war--Coral Sea, Midway, the crucial Solomons campaign, and the last-ditch battles in the Marianas and Philippines. Also included are detailed track charts and a selection of Japanese photographs of major vessels and actions.
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A very useful blow by blow account of the naval war in the Pacific, especially of the phase of Japanese expansion. The first 19 chapters take you to the end of 1943. Three short chapters more take you ... Read full review
OVEREXTENSION OF THE DEFENSE
Map of New Guinea
Track Chart of First Battle of the Solomon
Second Battle of the Solomon Sea
Map of the Solomon Islands 183
Track Chart of Battle of Cape Esperance 1112 October 1942
DEFEAT OF THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY
Battle of Tassafaronga
Track Chart of First Phase of Battle of the Java Sea 27 February 1942
Track Chart of Fourth Phase of Battle of the Java Sea
Map of Japans Defense Perimeter
Map of Eastern Indian Ocean
CORAL SEA MIDWAY AND THE ALEUTIANS
Map from Truk to New Caledonia
Track Chart of Battle of the Coral Sea 78 May 1942 and IJN Movements
Track Chart of Approach Routes to Midway and the Aleutians
Track Chart of Battle of Midway 5 June 1942
Map of the North Pacific
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Page 5 - The government has decided that if there is no war, the fate of the nation is sealed. Even if there is war, the country may be ruined. Nevertheless, a nation which does not fight in this plight has lost its spirit and is already a doomed country. Only if we fight until the last soldier will it be possible to find a way out of this fatal situation.
Page 14 - ... speed to 24 knots and raced toward Pearl Harbor. On the carrier decks, planes were lined up wing to wing for their final check. Maintenance crews and flying crews worked assiduously to complete final preparation of their planes. About this time, we received Admiral Yamamoto's message for going to war: "The rise or fall of the Empire depends upon this battle; everyone will do his duty with utmost efforts.
Page 19 - Our Empire, for the purpose of self-defense and self-preservation, will complete preparations for war, with the last ten days of October as a tentative deadline, resolved to go to war with the United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands if necessary.
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