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Pearl Harbor (Paperback)
H. P Willmott
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In December 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the US
naval base in Hawaii. Three hundred and sixty planes of Admiral
Nagumo's fleet set out for Oahu island where they caught the US
Pacific fleet moored in Pearl Harbor. Of the 8 battleships present,
3 were sunk, another capsized and the remainder seriously damaged.
Three light cruisers, 3 destroyers and other vessels were also sunk
or seriously damaged. Of the 500 US planes present only 220 were
reparable. By all rights, US forces should have expected the attack
- the breaking of the Japanese codes had provided them with ample
intelligence saying the attack was imminent. Their failure to do so
resulted in one of the greatest disasters in US military history,
and a shocking introduction to the war. This book, by acclaimed
historian HP Willmott, is a brand new look at this historic battle.
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