Japan Runs Wild, 1942-1943

Peter Harmsen

This book details the astonishing transformation that took place from 1942 to 1943, setting the Allies on a path to final victory against Japan.
Publication date:
June 2020
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Series :
War in the Far East
Illustration :
1 plate section
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781612006253

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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Overview
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• A comprehensive view of World War Two in the Asia Pacific
• The central importance of China is highlighted in a way that no previous general history of the war against Japan has achieved

In early 1942, the Japanese Army and Navy were advancing on all fronts, humiliating their US, British and Dutch foes throughout the Asia Pacific. In a matter of just months, the soldiers and sailors of the Rising Sun conquered an area even bigger than Hitler's empire at its largest extent. They seemed invincible. Hawaiians and Australians were fearing a future under Hirohito. For half of mankind, fate was hanging in the balance.

Fast forward to the end of 1943, and the tables had been turned entirely. A reinvigorated American-led military machine had kicked into gear, and the Japanese were fighting a defensive battle along a frontline that crossed thousands of miles of land and ocean. Japan Runs Wild, 1942-1943 by acclaimed author Peter Harmsen details the astonishing transformation that took place in that period, setting the Allies on a path to final victory against Japan.

This second installment in the trilogy, War in the Far East, picks up the story where first volume Storm Clouds over the Pacific, 1931-1941 left off. The trilogy will give a comprehensive view of World War II in the Asia Pacific, with due emphasis on the central Japanese-American struggle, but also examining the role of the other nations engulfed in the vast showdown: British, Australians, Soviets, Filipinos, Indians and Koreans. Above all, the central importance of China is highlighted in a way that no previous general history of the war against Japan has achieved.

REVIEWS

This volume is highly readable and does not require an extensive background in history, politics, or military studies to be comprehendible.
Air & Space Power Journal

Whether you are a casual reader or a Pacific Theater aficionado, this book, like its predecessor makes a perfect addition to your library.
War Diary

Well written, the narrative has a pace to it which maintains the interest helped by reference to personal experiences of participants whether that be the soldier on the front line, the pilot or the politician in Tokyo or elsewhere. While this follows the chronological timescale, it also covers more esoteric issues such as dissent in Tokyo and the mental health (jungle neurosis) of US troops in New Georgia.
Miniature Wargames

Harmsen's book describes, with a very broad scope, the second two years of the war, covering that turnaround, very well. It is well written, well researched and exceptionally well illustrated. Volume III, covering the final two years of the Pacific War should be fascinating
Baird Maritime