"Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date that will line in infamy—the Untied States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan..."
With these now-historic words President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his message asking the joint session of Congress for a declaration of war. This country's Pacific battle fleet at Pearl Harbor had already been devastated. On a dozen different fronts, from Hawaii to Malaya, the stunning Japanese offensive was advancing at an appalling rate. Unless stopped, the Japanese threatened to achieve military domination of the entire Far East.
From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa describes every major action that engaged the United States and her allies in the Pacific Theater during World War II: Bataan, Corregidor, Midway, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Burma, the Philippine Sea, Leyte, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Hiroshima, and many, many more.
With remarkable simplicity, Bruce Bliven, Jr. traces the grand strategic patterns of war- the Japanese plan for conquest and the magnificent allied counteroffensive. In addition, this book provides a dramatic record of men on battle on land, on sea, or in the air. Here are the heroic stories of scores of brave individuals -generals, admirals, captain, sergeants, and privates.
Eleven maps, including a two-page map of the whole Pacific Theater, have been drawn especially for the book, and they constitute a superb guide to each of the exciting battles described in the text.
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