The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbour to Okinawa

Posted: October 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

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On December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes appeared from the clouds above Pearl Harbor and fundamentally changed the course of history; with this one surprise attack the previously isolationist America was irrevocably thrown into World War II.

The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbour to Okinawa is the new history from Dale Dye and Robert O’Neill which reveals each of the major battles that America would fight in the ensuing struggle against Imperial Japan, from the naval clashes at Midway and Coral Sea to the desperate, bloody fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It covers both the horrors of the battle and the Allies’ grim yet heroic determination to wrest victory from what often seemed to be certain defeat, offering a valuable guide to the long road to victory in the Pacific.

01What’s great about The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbour to Okinawa is that it assumes no prior knowledge.  I’d be the first to admit that the Pacific Front is the part of the Second World War that I really don’t know much about.  Dye and O’Neill take the subject at face value, and guide you through from the very beginning.  Not only is this great for total beginners, but it’s also a nice, easy, conversational read for any of you that are experts.

The pacing is truly excellent.  Nothing feels rushed, but neither do you spend so long on a single battle or engagement that you feel like it’s dragging its feet.  You feel carried along, which is as it should be.

Nov. 1944: American soldiers take cover from fire of a Japanese machine gun in the Philippines during World War II. The troops are part of the first wave to land on Leyte Island in the Philippine invasion.  (AP Photo/U.S. Army Signal Corps)

The illustrations and photos are pretty thin and far apart, which is unusual for an Osprey book, but it’s not exactly a disappointment either.  The text is vivid enough that they don’t really feel necessary, although the ones that are in the book are excellent.

While experts may find it a little superficial, for those who are new to the topic, it is an excellent jumping on point.

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