Few events have ever shaken a country in the way that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor affected the United States. The Japanese forces then continued to overwhelm the Allies, attacking Malaya with its fortress of Singapore, and taking resource-rich islands in the Pacific in their own blitzkrieg offensive. Allied losses in these early months after America's entry into the war were great, and among the most devastating were those suffered during the Java Sea Campaign, where a small group of Americans, British, Dutch, and Australians were isolated in the Far East – directly in the path of the Japanese onslaught. It would be the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific.
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Table of Contents
Prologue /Chapter 1. On the Day Before /Chapter 2. Just a Little More Time /Chapter 3. Breakdown /Chapter 4. Finding Trouble /Chapter 5. Shooting at Venus /Chapter 6. Slapped Together /Chapter 7. Luck – The Battle of Balikpapan /Chapter 8. Bloody Shambles /Chapter 9. Can't Catch a Break – The Battle of the Flores Sea /Chapter 10. A Thousand Cuts /Chapter 11. Too Clever by Half – The Battle of Badoeng Strait /Chapter 12. No Breath to Catch – Preliminaries to the Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 13. Nerk Nerk Nerk – The Sinking of the Langley /Chapter 14. One Shell – Day Action of the Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 15. A Turn Too Far – The Second Part of the Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 16. A Hopeless Plan – The Escape from Java /Chapter 17. Dancing in the Dark – The Battle of Soenda Strait /Chapter 18. Nowhere to Run – The Second Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 19. To the Winds – Escape Attempts from Java /Chapter 20. Aftermath – Not Quite Vanquished /Notes /Bibliography /Index