December 8, 1941

December 8, 1941 : MacArthur's Pearl Harbor

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Ten hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "another Pearl Harbor" of perhaps more devastating consequence for American arms occurred in the Philippines, 4500 miles to the west. On December 8th, 1941 at 12:35 PM, 196 Japanese Navy bombers and fighters crippled the largest force of B-17 four-engine bombers outside the United States and also decimated their protective P-40 interceptors. The sudden blow allowed the Japanese to rule the skies over the Philippines, removing the only effective barrier that stood between them and their conquest of Southeast Asia. This event has been called "one of the blackest days in American military history". How could the army commander in the Philippines - the renowned Lt Gen Douglas MacArthur - have been caught with all his planes on the ground when he had been informed in the small hours of that morning of the Pearl Harbor attack and warned of the likelihood of a Japanese strike on his forces? In this book, William H. Bartsch attempts to answer this and other related questions.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 50mm | 1,043.26g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 42 b&w photographs, bibliography, index
  • 1585442461
  • 9781585442461
  • 2,434,868

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"William Bartsch has produced a very solid account and analysis of war in the Philipines in "8 December 1941: MacArthur's ""Pearl Harbor""." This is a minute-by-minute study of what happened in the air on both sides based upon both intense scrutiny of the archives in Washington and in Tokyo, and careful use of many oral interviews, some conducted by the author and the others mined from official archives of the day. The result is a fast-faced, excellent melange of the complexities of three-dimensional air warfare. On the one hand of the experienced Japanese with their Chinese-experience and on the other hand of the mentally and physically unprepared U.S. Army Air Forces [six] aware of the 1940 Battle of Britain but without either the superstructure or underpinnings to emulate that success."--Robin Higham, Kansas State Universityshow more

About William H. Bartsch

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.show more

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