Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix, Linton Wells II
Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War Eric Lacroix, Linton Wells II ebook
Publisher: Chatham Publishing
While all were of strategic importance, all were left essentially “Fuchida always believed that the Japanese navy made four major mistakes in rapid succession in the early days and weeks of the Pacific war: not finishing the job at Pearl Harbor [on Dec. By carefully avoiding the Philippines and Pearl Harbor, the Japanese might have inherited the European colonial empire in the Pacific without starting a war with the United States. It is erroneously believed the war in the Pacific commenced with the Japanese surprise attack on the United States naval and air force base at. Sixty-six Following their stunning victory at Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces advanced rapidly through the central Pacific and Southeast Asia, taking Wake Island, Guam, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Dutch East Indies in rapid succession. Shoho was the first major enemy naval combatant to be sunk by American forces during World War II (Wikipedia photo). Pearl Harbor, October, 1941, showing tank farms, the submarine base, the ship yard, and a number of cruisers and destroyers moored north of Ford Island. By 6 December, the British in Malaya were aware a large Japanese amphibious force was heading towards the Gulf of Thailand. On a personal note, I was delighted with President Harry Truman's decision to use the atom bomb, and bring the Pacific War to a conclusion. I, like my shipmates had Following the established pattern of invading Japanese occupied territory in the Pacific, for several days prior to Invasion Day, Admiral Bull Halsey's battleships, heavy cruisers, supported by the Fleet destroyers would pour a solid curtain of high explosives onto the target areas. Admiral Kondo's main force of two battleships and six heavy cruisers followed soon after. Fletcher also had a screening force of cruisers and destroyers, led by Australian Rear Admiral John Crace.