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From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day : The American Armed Forces in World War II - D. Clayton James

From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day

The American Armed Forces in World War II

Paperback Published: 1st February 1995
ISBN: 9781566630733
Number Of Pages: 240

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Here is the first compact history of the U.S. armed forces in the greatest conflict in world history - a lucid and balanced account by two authoritative military historians. Examining the strategy, logistics, high command, operations, and home-front aspects of the World War II campaign, D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells narrate the story in slightly more than two hundred pages, with a clarity and perspective that virtually any reader will appreciate. "The Second World War was history's largest war in numbers of nations and ground, sea, and air personnel, " the authors write. "It was the first truly global war, with active theaters of operations in the Atlantic, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, the Middle East, North Africa, Northwest Africa, China, India, Burma, Southeast Asia, and virtually all of the Pacific." James and Wells cover all the theaters in which American forces were involved, from the Battle of the Atlantic in April 1941 to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. As well as describing the major campaigns and battles, and analyzing strategy and tactics, From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day contains crisp portraits of major military leaders and a background of political, diplomatic, economic, and social developments in the warring nations. The book also recounts the role of women and minorities in the military; the relation of armed forces personnel to the American home front; the impact of technology; and breakthroughs in communications intelligence. The authors evaluate both the virtues and flaws of the American command and the performance of its units, as well as the functioning and malfunctioning of the Allied coalition. In a final chapter,they sum up the impact of the war on American society and suggest that it is time to lay to rest the romanticized view of World War II that followed in the wake of the inconclusive Korean War and the bitter setback of Vietnam. "Far from being the best and most glorious of wars, " th

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An ambitious effort...furnishes a comprehensive overview of a huge slice of history.--John Prados "The Wall Street Journal "

Mobilizing And Planning
Ready Or Not?p. 5
Military technology and tactical doctrine to 1941
Mobilization and strategic planning to 1941
The Military And The Home Frontp. 16
New weapons
Military medicine
Military-civilian relations
German and Italian POWs
GI Bill of Rights
The Top Levelsp. 27
The War Against Germany And Italy
High-Command Structure
Coalition Planning
Anglo-American Global Strategy
Impact Of Intelligence
At Sea And In The Skiesp. 43
Battle of the Atlantic, April 1941-May1945
Pointblank: Combined Bomber Offensive, January 1943-May 1945
Learning From Torch And Huskyp. 56
Torch And Tunisia, November 1942-May 1943
Sicily, July-August 1943
The Hard Underbelly: Italyp. 69
From Salerno to Rome, September 1943-June 1944
North Italy, June 1944-May 1945
The Liberation Of France And Belgiump. 79
Overlord, June-August 1944
From Dragoon to Antwerp, August to September 1944
The West Wall And The Bulgep. 92
Advancing to the West Wall, September-December 1944
Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945
From The Rhine To The Elbep. 103
Crossing the Rhine, January-March 1945
From the Ruhr to the Elbe, March-May 1945
The War Against Japan
Early Pacific Defeats And Turning Pointsp. 115
From Pearl Harbor to Midway, December 1941-June 1942
Guadalcanal and Papua, July 1942-February 1943
Accelerating Offensive Operationsp. 128
Cartwheel, June 1943-March 1944
Gilberts and Marshalls, November 1943-February 1944
Netherlands New Guinea and Morotai, April-October 1944
From Saipan To Burmap. 141
Marianas, June-August 1944
Palaus, September-November 1944
China-Burma-India Theater, March 1942-August 1945
Macarthur's Final Campaignsp. 155
Central and Northern Philippines, October 1944-August 1945
Southern Philippines and Borneo, February-July 1945
Climax In The Central Pacificp. 168
Iwo Jima, February-March 1945
Okinawa, April-June 1945
Avenues To Surrenderp. 179
Submarine operations
B-29 offensive and the atomic bombs, June 1944-August 1945
Olympic and Coronet plans for invading Japan, November 1944-August 1945
Tribulations Of The Gip. 191
Common reactions
Officer alienation
Terrain and climate
Military medicine
Adjusting to foreign lands
African Americans
The War In Retrospectp. 201
Consequences for the U.S
home front and military establishment
Global ramifications
A Note on Sourcesp. 208
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781566630733
ISBN-10: 1566630738
Series: American Ways
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st February 1995
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.67  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.31

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