War in the Pacific 1941-1945

War in the Pacific 1941-1945

Hardback Treasures and Experiences Series

By (author) Richard Overy

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  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 262mm x 294mm x 36mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847323928
  • ISBN 13: 9781847323927
  • Illustrations note: approx. 200 colour/ b&w photographs, colour maps & artworks
  • Sales rank: 270,020

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"War In The Pacific 1941-1945" looks at the relentless war against Japan in the Pacific Islands which formed an integral part of eventual Allied victory in World War II. Setting the scene with the unprovoked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the almost simultaneous attack on US bases on Guam and Wake Island it then goes on to document the bloody battles fought in the jungle islands of Guadalcanal and the Philippines and the seas of the Pacific. This fascinating and heart wrenching story is brought to life by the addition of 16 carefully selected facsimile pieces of memorabilia ranging from military orders, to propaganda leaflets dropped by the Japanese on US troops to the personal diaries and letters home of both generals, officers and ordinary soldiers. Memorabilia includes: Franklin D. Roosevelt's draft, with hand-written amendments, for his 'Day of Infamy' speech; the order to MacArthur to abandon the Philippines in 1941; and, urgent messages sent by Marines on the beaches of Tarawa.

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Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter, is a world-renowned historian and an expert on the history of the Second World War and the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships. He has won five prizes for his published work, including in 2005 the Wolfson prize for History.

Table of contents

Situation map 1941-2; Imperial Japan; Pearl Harbor; Blitzkrieg in Asia: Japan Attacks Malaya, Burma, Dutch East Indies and The Philippines; The Limit of Japanese Expansion: Battle of the Coral Sea; Corregidor: the Fall of the Philippines; Situation map 1942; The Battle of Midway; Battle for the Solomons; Guadalcanal; Situation map 1943; Guadalcanal; Operation "Cartwheel": the war for New Guinea; Island-Hopping in the Pacific: The Gilbert Islands; Situation map January-June 1944; The Battle of the Philippines Sea; Situation map July-December 1944; The Mariana's: Defence to the Death; The Battle of Pelieu; The Recapture of the Philippines; The Battle of Leyte Gulf; Situation map 1945; Iwo Jima; The Firebombing of Tokyo; Okinawa; The Atomic Bombs; The Japanese Surrender.