This is No Drill

The History of NAS Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Attacks of 7 December 1941

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“This Is No Drill” is a detailed combat narrative of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on NAS Pearl Harbor—then one of two naval air stations on the island of O‘ahu. Since the station served as a base for long-range patrol aircraft, the Japanese aimed to put NAS Pearl Harbor out of action to prevent U.S. planes from searching for their carrier force.

The work of these three scholars focuses on descriptions of actions in the air and on the ground at the deepest personal and tactical levels, from both the American and Japanese perspectives, with many of the photos from Japanese sources appearing in print for the first time.

This accumulation of data and information makes possible an intricate story that is unparalleled in its scope. The interwoven narratives of both sides provide the sort of in-depth understanding of the events at NAS Pearl Harbor that would have been impossible to present previously.


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Editorial Reviews

"This is a carefully and extensively researched book that paints a memorable picture of perhaps the most memorable event in US military history. There is good pace and impact in the text with the support of a great many outstanding images. Most highly recommended."—FIRE Reviews
"Following No One Avoided Danger, the authors' similar 2015 work on the Japanese raid on Naval Air Station (NAS) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, This Is No Drill offers a detailed account of the simultaneous Japanese attack on NAS Pearl Harbor on Ford Island. The authors give highly detailed and personal descriptions of the combat and the heroic efforts of the individual Sailors who scrambled to contain the damage and fight back. New access to the personnel records of the Sailors, plus Japanese records, greatly add to the depth of the account. The efforts of Navy patrol aircraft to find the Japanese fleet also are documented. An array of photos and maps enhances the narrative." —SEAPOWER
"This is a book that focuses on a very specific subject and does it well. Readers with an interest in the Pacific War who already know something of the Japanese attack on the US Pacific Fleet and the bases that supported it in Oahu will find that this book adds a fascinating dimension to the wider picture.... I recommend it." —The Australian Naval Institute
"J. Michael Wenger, Robert J. Cressman, and John F. Di Virgilio have catapulted us back in time and revealed the early history of this fabled airfield and the opening phases of the attack on the Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor. The seaplane ramp at Ford Island became ground zero on that day for an attack on the Pacific Fleet's PBYs and hangers by swift Japanese naval aircraft. Rare photos, insightful maps, and fresh perspectives make this book an irresistible read." —Daniel A. Martinez, co-author of Kimmel, Short and Pearl Harbor, The Final Report Revealed, Naval Institute Press. Serves as Chief Historian at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
"This is No Drill, by Mike Wenger, Bob Cressman and John De Virgilio, is an exhaustive examination of the Japanese air assault on December 7, 1941, against the naval air base on Ford Island. Like the first volume of their definitive study of the Pearl Harbor Attack, its expert, well-balanced analysis and magnificent illustrations represent the very best in naval history." —John B. Lundstrom, author of Black Shoe Carrier Admiral
"This work is unsurpassed in depth of research for both the narrative and the stunning photograph collection. It delivers a hyper electric account of the attack on December 7, 1941, with a vast collage of vivid vignettes of participants, high and low, servicemen and civilians, Americans and Japanese. For those who devour history told from the individual level on up, this book is not to be missed." —Richard B. Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire and Presidential Counselor, U.S. National World War II Museum
“I recommend This Is No Drill to all those who wish to enhance their knowledge of the seminal event that brought the United States into the Second World War.” —The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord