Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions

by Alan Zimm
Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions

by Alan Zimm


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“Nothing previously published has offered such a close examination of Japanese strategy . . . an in-depth study of the Japanese planning, preparation and execution of the attack with particular focus on factors not thoroughly considered by other historians, if at all . . . detailed analyses that lead to a much better understanding of what the Japanese did, why they did it, and especially how the attack was very nearly an abject failure instead of a stunning success."—Naval Institute Proceedings

"For seven decades, conventional wisdom has extolled the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as brilliant in its planning and execution . . . this masterful analysis topples that pillar of Pacific War history . . . with its amazing depth of meticulous research and analysis, this forceful book is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Pearl Harbor."—World War II

"The first militarily professional description of the Pearl Harbor attack, and for those who are serious about military history and operations, it is a joy to read. . . . a superb military analysis of the attack . . . not only renders all other histories of Pearl Harbor obsolete, it has set the bar high for other histories of the Pacific War."—War In History

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612001975
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 11/02/2013
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr. Alan D. Zimm is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he heads a section in the Aviation Systems and Advanced Concepts Group. He is a former officer in the US Navy, completing his service as a Commander, and holds degrees in Physics, Operations Research, and Public Administration with a concentration on Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Folklore, Viewed with a Critical Eye 7

Chapter 1 Strategic and Operational Setting 15

Chapter 2 Targets, Weapons and Weapon-Target Pairings 53

Chapter 3 Wargames 71

Chapter 4 Planning the Attack 83

Chapter 5 Pre-Attack: Training, Rehearsals, Briefings and Contingency Planning 139

Chapter 6 Execution of the Attack 151

Chapter 7 Assessment of the Attack 173

Chapter 8 Battle Damage Assessment 225

Chapter 9 What Might Have Been: Alerted Pearl Harbor Defenses 267

Chapter 10 Assessing the Folklore 289

Chapter 11 The Fifth Midget Submarine: A Cautionary Tale 327

Chapter 12 Reassessing the Participants 355

Chapter 13 Summary and Conclusions 371

Appendix A Tabulation of Second-Wave Dive-Bomber Attacks 387

Appendix B Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Japanese Terms 391

Appendix C Ships in Pearl Harbor and Vicinity 394

Appendix D The Perfect Attack 401

Appendix E Acknowledgments 413

Bibliography 415

Endnotes 425

Index 454

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