By Robert Conroy
The USA has dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
But Japan has basically started to struggle. . . .
In 1945, heritage has reached a turning element. A poor new weapon has been unleashed. Japan has no selection yet to give up. yet as a substitute, the unthinkable happens. With their country burned and shattered, eastern enthusiasts set in movement a frightening endgame--their target: to take the US down with them.
In Robert Conroy's brilliantly imagined epic story of worldwide conflict II, Emperor Hirohito's capitulation is hijacked via extremists and a weary usa is pressured to invade Japan as a final step in a conflict that has already fee such a lot of lives. because the jap lash out with strategies that not anyone has ever confronted before--from POWs used as human shields to a rain of kamikaze assaults that take out the highest-value objective within the Pacific command--the invasion's luck is without warning unsure. As America's streets erupt in rioting, historical past will activate the acts of some key avid gamers from the fiery entrance strains to the halls of Washington to the shadowy realm of espionage, whereas a mortally wounded enemy turns into the best probability of all.
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Guns and 12 21in. torpedo tubes. During the battle, she was caught alone and quickly overwhelmed by Japanese dive-bombers. (US Naval Historical Center) USS Neosho refueling Yorktown on May 1. Neosho was bombed by Japanese carrier aircraft on May 7 and was finally scuttled on May 11. Throughout the battle, Fletcher devoted considerable attention to maintaining proper fuel levels for his forces. (US Naval Historical Center) 56 searching south of the Louisiades that it had spotted American carriers southeast of Rossel Island.
Thus far, everything seemed to be running according to plan for the Japanese. However, by the end of May 3, the tightly synchronized MO plan was already running into trouble. The Carrier Striking Force was tasked with the seemingly simple mission of ferrying nine Zero fighters from Truk to Rabaul. This was to occur on May 2 when the carriers would be closest to Rabaul on their way south. However, when the nine fighters took off on schedule for Vunakanau Airfield on New Britain, they were forced to return to the carriers because of bad weather.
Grumman F4F-3A Wildcats of VF-3 pictured in April 1942. Both of the aircraft pictured were later assigned to VF-2 during the battle of the Coral Sea and were lost. The Wildcat’s first meeting with the Japanese A6M Type 0 carrier fighter at the Coral Sea showed the American fighter to be outclassed, but American pilots were able to overcome the Wildcat’s weaknesses with better tactics. (US Naval Historical Center) 29 Dauntless dive-bombers of Yorktown’s Bombing Squadron Five shown on deck in April 1942.