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Japan Runs Wild, 1942-1943

Japan Runs Wild, 1942-1943

by Peter Harmsen


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A comprehensive view of World War Two in the Asia Pacific.

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.

The middle installment in the trilogy, Japan Runs Wild, 1942–1943 picks up the story where its predecessor volume Storm Clouds over the Pacific, 1931-1941 left off. The common theme of the series is a comprehensive view of World War Two in the Asia Pacific, giving due emphasis to the central Japanese-American struggle, but also encompassing the other nations that were 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612006253
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2020
Series: War in the Far East Series , #2
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 571,317
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Harmsen, a foreign correspondent in East Asia for two decades, has worked for Bloomberg, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the Financial Times. A fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Harmsen is also the former bureau chief in Taiwan for French news agency AFP. His book Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze inspired a US Public Television documentary by three-time Emmy Award winner Bill Einreinhofer, which started airing in the fall of 2018, reaching 80 percent of the American television audience. Harmsen’s work has been translated into Chinese, Danish, and Romanian.

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 Victory in the Pacific: Early December 1941 1

2 Asia Engulfed: Late December 1941 15

3 "A Clockwork of Gears and Cogwheels": January 1942 31

4 Graveyard of Empires: February-March 1942 45

5 Turning Points: April-June 1942 63

6 Guadalcanal Gambit: July-September 1942 83

7 Annus Horribilis: October-December 1942 97

8 Starving Continent: January-March 1943 109

9 Yamamoto's Bane: April-June 1943 121

10 Jungle Neurosis: July-September 1943 137

11 Bloody Helen: October-December 1943 149

Endnotes 163

Bibliography 189

Index 201

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