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    Samuel Eliot Morison(Author)

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History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II.

History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II.

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  • PDF | 411 pages
  • Samuel Eliot Morison(Author)
  • Little, Brown and Company; Revised ed. edition (September 1, 1948)
  • English
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  • By bible student on October 20, 2017

    Excellent text in well respected series.

  • By Stephen Ginn on February 22, 2015

    Morison is a good historian as all know. This is another volume detailing the slog thru the early months of WW II.

  • By Daniel Bakula on December 25, 2016

    Good book, gives a good picture of events up to Pearl Harbor.

  • By Darth Maciek on April 2, 2012

    This third volume of the monumental work of S.E. Morison was for a long time considered as his best book and was even reprinted separately and became a bestseller as a stand alone book. And I can very well understand why, because contrary to what the title can suggest, this is a very well written and very interesting history book, easy to understand even for people without any military or naval background (like me).The book is absolutely not jingoistic - this is the story of desperate times, bitter defeats and death of many courageous men about whom it is possible to say, like in the title of a classic John Wayne movie (describing the same moment in WWII) "They were expendable"... During the first five months of Pacific War the Japanese Empire was on a roll and nothing seemed able to stop it. Terrible beatings were inflicted on allied navies: Pearl Harbor, Kuantan, Makassar Strait, Badung Strait, 1st Java Sea, Sunda Strait, 2nd Java Sea, Port Darwin, Indian Ocean Raid, to cite only the most important. Tens of thousands of American, British, Australian and Dutch soldiers were killed or taken prisoners in Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Peking, Tientsin, Guam, Wake, Gilbert Islands, Dutch India, Rabaul, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands and New Guinea.No less than three allied admirals were killed in action in this time: Rear-Admiral Isaac Kidd (US Navy) in Pearl Harbor, Admiral Sir Thomas S.V. Phillips (Royal Navy) at Kuantan (the highest ranking allied officer killed in action during World War II) and Rear-Admiral Karel Doorman (Dutch Navy) at 1st Java Sea. Japanese planes were completely dominant in the sky, with Hurricanes, Warhawks and Wildcats seeming defenseless against Zeros. During those five months there were only two occasions in which allies managed to inflict some real casualties to Japanese, at Wake and at Balikpapan battles, but they were only scratches. In fact during all this time Japan did not lose even one of its major surface ships, just three destroyers, some transports and a handful of submarines and escorts!This book describes very well all those lost battles, but also the effort to fight back, which would ultimately pay at Coral Sea and especially Midway, described in the next volume. A particularly worthy part of the book describes what was happening in Pearl Harbor during the weeks and months after the Japanese attack. The description of American battleships being salvaged and installations being repaired is surprisingly interesting.The one weakness in this book is in the description of the events which led Japan to start war against United States. I found it too short and too simple, although even there there was some very precious information, especially about the causes of the collapse of Japanese democracy in the end of 1920s.The general tone, the style and the language used in this book are extremely charming, even if they may seem somehow outdated - but me for one I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a very good introduction to more detailed studies on the beginning of Pacific war.

  • By William S. Grass on October 18, 2008

    This is volume III of Morison's fifteen volumes on U.S. naval operations in WWII, and his first of nine on the Pacific theater. It covers the rise of the Japanese empire during the decades leading up to Pearl Harbor and specifically the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the events which propelled them toward war such as the Manchuria incident and the sinking of the Panay.At the conclusion of the section on the rise of the IJN, Morison states a theme of sorts that informs much of the remaining volumes on the Pacific war. He writes that never since 1814 has the United States faced such a "tough, well-trained or powerful fighting force." But that "Stupidity characterized the strategy by which the Japanese navy was directed, and the supporting industrial base was fatally weak."Thorough coverage is given of the Pearl Harbor attack, and the subsequent rescue and salvage efforts. Then, the plight of the Philippines is chronicled, from the first attacks through the capitulation of Bataan and Corregidor. Next, the ordeal of the gallant but doomed Wake island garrison. In the final section, Morison details how the Japanese tightened the noose on the Dutch East Indies and the Malay peninsula, with the eventual disintegration of ABDA, the combined American-British-Dutch-Australian forces in the southwest Pacific.Morison ends the volume with the Doolittle force striking the mostly psychological blow against Tokyo. The long saga of Japanese triumphs and Allied setbacks concludes with a demonstration of the essential vulnerability of the Japanese empire, foreshadowing the reversals of fortune at Coral Sea and Midway, which are covered in volume IV.


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