Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941

Dramatic images from the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941

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Japanese Learn from British for Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

Pearl Harbour 7 Dec 1941 - Nakajima B5N2 over Hickam FieldThe Japanese learnt valuable tactical lessons from the British Fleet Air Arm for their attack on Pearl Harbor.

In early 1941 a group of Japanese naval officers on diplomatic duty in Berlin were escorted by the German Abwehr on a liaison visit to Italy. In Rome the Japanese were introduced to the Italian naval authorities and asked if they could investigate the secrets of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm attack of November 1940 on the Italian battleships in Taranto Harbour.

A double agent working for the British MI6 secret service acquired the intelligence from a conversation with his Abwehr control officer whilst visiting Lisbon. Unbeknown to the West the Japanese Navy was planning an attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Imperial Navy’s Combined Fleet, had advised his Navy Minister on 7 January 1941 that a decisive strike crippling the US fleet would bring about the subsequent defeat of the British and Allied forces south of the Philippine Islands. The Japanese knew that if they were to succeed the secrets of Taranto had to be unlocked. Continue reading “Japanese Learn from British for Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941”

“…distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history.”


“…engrossing history not only recounting the development of Japanese air power—a topic which has not received much attention despite the perennial keen interest in World War II—but also deepening understanding of the nature of the warfare and surrounding political, technical etc matters bearing on it…a distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history.”

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Guadalcanal Campaign August 1942 to February 1943

USS Wasp hit by Japanese torpedoes 15 September 1942

The Battle of Guadalcanal, the first major offensive against Japan by Allied forces in the Second World War, finally ended on 9 February 1943.

Six months earlier on 7 August 1942 predominantly American forces landed on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands to try and protect vital supply and communication routes between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The Allied invasion quickly overpowered the Japanese forces on the islands and the Allies quickly captured Tulagi and Florida, along with a partially completed airfield on Guadalcanal that was renamed Henderson Field. Continue reading “Guadalcanal Campaign August 1942 to February 1943”

Outstanding History of Japanese Air Force to the end of World War II

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“For its material ranging from panoramic perspectives of WWII in Asia and the Pacific to listings of specifications of air plane parts, the history is a distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history library.”

“Edwards’ work goes well beyond the dramatic images of the Japanese World War II air power unleashed at Pearl Harbor, the infamous Zeros, and desperate bravery of the kamikazes which have become an indelible part of popular history. Although the “rise and fall” phrase of the title denotes the bulk of the content, the book is a history of Japanese air interests and air power from their origins and early developments preceding World War II.” Continue reading “Outstanding History of Japanese Air Force to the end of World War II”