8-Dec-41: MacArthur's Pearl Harbor

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Texas A&M University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 557 pages
On December 8, 1941, Japanese Navy bombers and fighters crippled the largest force of B17 fourengine bombers outside the United States. Bartsch details personal experiences and presents the political and strategic aspects of American and Japanese planning for a war in the Pacific.
 

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Back in 1995, William Bartsch came out with the aptly titled "Doomed from the Start," an account of the travails of the 24th Pursuit Group in the defense of the Philippines. This book was notable for ... Read full review

Contents

1They Have Really Ripped the 17th all to hell
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2 A Troop of boy Scouts flying kites could take these damned Islands
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3 They Will be shot down as fast as they are put in the Air
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If we make our attack now the war in not Hopeless
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4why send over these ninetyday wonders?
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5The Creation of the FiveEngine Bomber Has Completely Changed the Strategy in the Pacific
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s
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These inability of an enemy to launch his air attack on these islands is our greatest security
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14 What Is the Matter with the Enemy?
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Epilogue
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Appendix A Japanese Naval air strength for the Philippines operation December 81941
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Appendix BJapanese army air strength for the Philippines operation formosa December 81941
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Appendix CFar east air force strength in the Philippines December 81941
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Appendix Dorder of battle Tainan kokutal tainan formosa December 81941
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Appendix E order of battle 3d Kokutai Takao Formosa December 81941
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Appendix F Officers of the 24th pursuit group December 81941
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7 We Are Going Much Too Far on the Offensive Side
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8 Struck by Its Resemblance to a Railroad Timetable
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Shall die only for the emperor i shall never look back
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9 What a Fog
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10 Go Get Em
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11Navy Hell Its the Japs
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12 WhateverYou Do Dont Get under the Damned Truck
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13All Weve Got Left Is the Key to the Airplane
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Appendix GOfficers of the 19th bomb group HeavyDecember 81941
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Appendix H far east air force personnel killed in action December 81941
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Appendix IB17s of the 19th bomb group Heavy December 81941
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Appendix JJapanese naval terminology
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Notes
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Sources
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Index
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William H. Bartsch is the author of a number of books and articles in the diverse fields of employment in developing countries and history of the Pacific War. His book Doomed at the Start, a study of the experiences of American pursuit pilots in the Philippines in 1941-42, was also published by Texas A&M University Press. Bartsch currently works as a consultant on national human resources planning and lives in Reston, Virginia.

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