Rising Sun, Falling Skies

The disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II

Author: Jeffrey Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472808347

Category: History

Page: 504

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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offensive in the Far East seemed unstoppable. Allied forces engaged in a futile attempt to halt their rapid advance, culminating in the massed fleet of American, British, Dutch, and Australian forces (ABDA) clashing with the Japanese at the battle of the Java Sea – the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. But, in a campaign crippled by poor leadership and disastrous decisions, the Allied response was catastrophic, losing their largest warships and their tenuous toe-hold in the south Pacific within the first 72 hours of the battle. This defeat left ground troops cut off from reinforcement and supply, with obsolete equipment, no defense against endless Japanese air attacks, and with no chance of retreat. However, although command decisions were to condemn the Allies to defeat, the Allied goal was never an outright victory, simply a delaying action. Facing a relentless and thoroughly vicious enemy, the combined forces responded not by running or surrendering, but by defiantly holding on in a struggle that was as much a test of character, bravery, and determination as it was a test of arms, ultimately costing the Allies ten vessels and the lives of 2,100 brave sailors. In Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey Cox examines the events and evidence surrounding the Java Sea Campaign, reconstructing battles that in hindsight were all but hopeless and revealing where fatal mistakes and missed opportunities condemned the Allied forces in an insightful and compelling study of the largely overlooked clash in the Java Sea.
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Morning Star, Midnight Sun

The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August–October 1942

Author: Jeffrey Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147282640X

Category: History

Page: 468

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Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies stopped the Japanese advance at Coral Sea and Midway. But the Japanese still threatened to build a network of bases in the South Pacific and threatened to cut off Australia. In response, Allies made a desperate move by starting their first offensive of the Pacific War. Their first target: a new Japanese airfield in a relatively unknown place in the Solomon Islands called Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by obsolete pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy. Starting with the amphibious assaults on Guadalcanal and Tulagi and continuing with the worst defeat in US Navy history, the campaign quickly turned into a see-saw struggle where the evenly matched foes struggled to gain the upper hand and grind out a victory. Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to regain dominance in the Pacific.
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APc-48 Journeys

Author: Ben Young

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1387141228

Category: History

Page: 294

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Imagine your nation has suddenly been thrown into an unwanted war, and you are told that, as a reservist, you will join the brigade of your fellow citizen-soldiers/sailors who are already in place aboard giant steel behemoths, bristling with enormous guns, sailing in company with many other armed warships...Others are in speedy, but thin-skinned aircraft with little chance of returning alive from each harrowing mission...Still others climb inside armored, tracked monsters which clank inexorably toward a final clash with those who brought war and destruction to your friends and family...But docked among the enormous steel warships, all stretching nearly a thousand feet long, and taller than many of the buildings in your hometown, is a wooden ship, barely a hundred feet long, and covered with a material that not only wouldn't stop a .22 caliber bullet from the rifle with which you've hunted squirrels, it will even ignite when flame is applied...This is your home until peace is declared...
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Rising Sun, Falling Shadow

A Novel

Author: Daniel Kalla

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 146683501X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Return to World War II Shanghai in Dan Kalla's thrilling historical novel Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, the sequel to The Far Side of the Sky It's 1943 and the Japanese juggernaut has swallowed Shanghai and the rest of eastern China, snaring droves of American and British along with thousands of "stateless" German Jewish refugees. Despite the hostile environs, newlyweds Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Sunny, adjust to life running the city's only hospital for refugee Jews. Bowing to Nazi pressure, the Japanese force twenty thousand Jewish refugees, including the Adlers, to relocate to a one-square-kilometer "Shanghai Ghetto." Heat, hunger, and tropical diseases are constant threats. But the ghetto also breeds miraculous resilience. Music, theater, sports, and Jewish culture thrive despite what are at times subhuman conditions. Navigating subversion and espionage, Nazi treachery and ever-worsening conditions while living under the heel of the Japanese military, the Adlers struggle to keep the hospital open and their family safe and united. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Morning of the Rising Sun

The Heroic Story of the Battles for Guadalcanal

Author: Kenneth I. Friedman

Publisher: Booksurge Llc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 701

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Naval history comes alive in this powerful military treatise on the conflict between the U.S. and the Japanese Empire over the strategically vital island of Guadalcanal during the Second World War.
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