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The Collapse of Allied Airpower West of Pearl Harbor, December 1941
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140962
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
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  • Number of Pages: 368
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  • Date Available: October 2006
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While America was preoccupied with the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, an even greater tragedy was unfolding across Southeast Asia. From Wake Island to Burma, the Empire of Japan opened the largest front in the history of warfare: an aircraft-driven invasion of colonial possessions throughout the Far East that crumbled the entire Western imperial legacy of the nineteenth-century. Events during the first two weeks of battle set the stage for the greatest military defeats America and Great Britain would suffer during any conflict. This book offers the first comprehensive overview of the collapse of Allied air forces during the period between December 8 and 24, 1941. Written for a wide audience, it gives readers both a cockpit view of the desperate actions that took place and an understanding of why such heavy losses occurred. The narrative account includes enough detail and analysis to hold the interest of serious students of Pacific War aviation and enough exciting descriptions of air combat to attract those with little knowledge of the subject.

Explaining how and why the Japanese were able to win a quick victory, John Burton points to U.S. failures in the concepts for employment of airpower and a significant underestimation of Japanese "air-mindedness" and aviation capabilities, failures that resulted in the loss or surrender of more than 200,000 troops at Bataan and Singapore.

John Burton, a former naval systems engineer and sales and operations executive at IBM for twenty years, has spent much of his life studying the aviation industry and aviation history.  Now a marketing and business strategy consultant, he lives and writes in Irvine, California.

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5.00 Stars
Reviewed in The Daybook, Hampton Roads Nav Museum
Thursday, July 19, 2007
By: Howard Sandefer
'Perhaps the best lesson to be learned from this book is the reminder that we need to be ready to defend our nation at all times, and to believe foreign leaders who say they wish to destroy us. Whether or not the leaders of foreign nations are bluffing, we need to be ready to defend ourselves should they attack. This book is an excellent piece of scholarship with a very readable style, and will be a valuable resource for those who cannot get enough of the study of the Pearl Harbor debacle and its aftermath."


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