PEARL HARBOR STORY
Paperback. 164 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.5in.Major General H. D. Russell was a member of the US Army Pearl Harbor Investigation Board, (the Roberts Commission) which completed its work in October 1944. He dictated his recollection of that experience in early 1946, soon after his return to civilian life following six years of active duty with the Army. A few copies were made, but the general public remained unaware of the existence of Gen. Russells manuscript, in part for reasons of national security. David L. Mincey, a World War II naval combat veteran living in Macon, Georgia, finally unearthed a copy of Gen. Russells memoir and, with the consent of the generals heirs, has now made it available for publication. The immediacy of this first-person account of the behind-the-scenes activities of the commission is its greatest feature. Gen. Russell was angry about the attack, and almost equally angry about attempts to sanitize the incident for public consumption. He promised to speak his mind freely if ever asked about his experiences as a member of the commission. Russell weighs in on perhaps one of the greatest questions faced by historians of the twentieth century US: How much did key US government officials know about the possibility (or likelihood) of a Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in the days leading up to December 7, 1941 The official reports conclusion that there had been no reason to expect such an attack faces a new challenge with the publication of Russells account. Like the Warren Commissions report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Roberts Commissions findings concerning Pearl Harbor faced immediate criticism from many quarters. Unlike the Warren Commission, however, the federalgovernment silenced dissenting views from the Roberts Commission for many years. The rest of the story can now be told. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780865547698
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Product Description: In 1944 Major-General Henry Dozier Russell was appointed to the United States Army Pearl Harbor Investigation Board. Their assignment was to discover how the attack on Pearl Harbor could have taken place without US knowledge. The results of that investigation are widely known. And while the Board's conclusions fell most harshly on General George C. Marshall, there were many others who would share responsiblity in this infamous event.
Written between 1944 and 1946 and stored in a vault until the mid-1990's, this memoir reveals Russell's thoughts, concerns, and unique perspective on one of the darkest moments in US history: the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Quotes from the Memoir:
"I doubt if at any critical time in our history our interests were in the hands of a weaker group of men than those constituting the War Department in December 1941."
"The conduct of the War Department from the evening of December 6, 1941, until the time of the attack reflects a state of inefficiency which is so amazing that its description would not be believed were it not so completely established."
"We knew early Sunday morning that war would come at one o'clock that day, but nothing was done. The War Department was enjoying its weekend of leisure and this could not be distrubed by a little Japanese war. What a sorry picture!"
Title: PEARL HARBOR STORY
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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