The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima

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Twelve world-renowned military historians provide a fresh re-evaluation of the events, troops, strategies, and tactics of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Despite unforgiving conditions and brutal jungle fighting that drained resources and morale, the American advance across the ocean towards the Japanese homelands drove the evolution of ever more innovative amphibious warfare, and increasingly desperate Japanese countermeasures.

Bringing together American, Japanese, Australian, and British perspectives, each chapter of The Pacific War Companion focuses on a different aspect of the conflict - from operational planning to the experiences of the men on the ground, and from the assault on Pearl Harbor to the atomic annihilation of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

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Daniel Marston is Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK. He completed both his BA and MA in History at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and his DPhil in the History of War at Balliol College, Oxford. Previous publications include The Seven Years' War (Osprey, 2001), The French-Indian War 1754-1760 , The American Revolution 1774-1783 (both Osprey, 2002) and Phoenix from the Ashes: The Indian Army in the Burma Campaign (Praeger, 2003) which won the 2003 Templer Medal. Daniel was born and raised in Boston, MA. The author lives in Dorchester, USA.

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This big, thoroughly satisfactory introduction to the Pacific War, including its diplomatic prelude of deteriorating Japanese-American relations, boasts contributors who are all highly qualified. Some, such as Dennis Showalter, are virtually household names to World War II buffs, while others, less well known, saliently include Tomoyuki Ishizu on the opening amphibious operations and Joseph Alexander on the amphibious counterattack that carried Americans back across the Pacific. H. P. Willmott is particularly trenchant on the subject of Japanese naval strategy after Midway, in which the Japanese lost the rest of their naval opportunities. The accompanying photographs constitute a definite strength, inasmuch as, while not overwhelming the text, they are reproduced at large-enough scale, cover a wide range of subjects--from Japanese tanks on Chinese roads to American tanks on Pacific island hills--and exclude the overly familiar image. The combined efforts of the contributors also include annotation and bibliography well suited to leading Pacific War neophytes to further research. Roland Green
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