The Midway Campaign, December 7, 1941-June 6, 1942

The Midway Campaign, December 7, 1941-June 6, 1942

The Midway Campaign, December 7, 1941-June 6, 1942

The Midway Campaign, December 7, 1941-June 6, 1942

Synopsis

Game designer and author Jack Greene has once again assembled his team of graphics artists and international researchers to present a visually impressive treatment of a crucial World War II campaign, offering an insightful examination of Japan's aims, assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as a thought-provoking analysis of the Pacific Ocean as a single grand battlefield.

Excerpt

December 7, 1941, a day of infamy....In Europe World War II continued to rage in bloody conflict. Nazi troops had just pulled back from their attempt to take Moscow after General Winter entered the fray. Operation Crusader was moving ahead in North Africa and General Rommel was about to begin his first withdrawal after the long siege of Tobruk. The Atlantic submarine war entered a period of calm as German U-boats were transferred into the Mediterranean. The Free French recovered the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean from the Vichy French after a short engagement. However, despite these critical events, the pivotal incident of the war was about to occur halfway around the world at an island paradise called Hawaii.

Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941? What were the motivations? It was the United States which defended the status quo in Asia and stood in the way Japan's dreams of empire. There is no denying that in the 1930s Japan was building an empire, primarily on Chinese territory. This Japanese desire for territorial expansion, fueled by the need to secure access to raw materials and markets, was predominately promoted by a fanatically nationalistic officer corps, a product of Japan's unique society. Japan invaded and took the Chinese province of Manchuria (renamed Manchukuo) in 1931-32. In 1937, the Japanese severely defeated Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces and won control of the most economically valuable sections of China. By 1941, the unsated Japanese military was poised to invade Southeast Asia to seize the vital . . .

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