I Will Run Wild

The Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway

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I Will Run Wild

The Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway

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This is a vivid narrative history of the early stages of the Pacific War, as US and Allied forces desperately tried to slow the Japanese onslaught that began with the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

In many popular histories of the Pacific War, the period from the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor to the US victory at Midway is often passed over because it is seen as a period of darkness. Indeed, it is easy to see the period as one of unmitigated disaster for the Allies, with the fall of the Philippines, Malaya, Burma, and the Dutch East Indies, and the wholesale retreat and humiliation at the hands of Japan throughout Southeast Asia.

However, there are also stories of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds: the stand of the Marines at Wake Island; the fighting retreat in the Philippines that forced the Japanese to take 140 days to accomplish what they had expected would take 50; the fight against the odds at Singapore and over Java; the stirring tale of the American Volunteer Group in China; and the beginnings of resistance to further Japanese expansion. In these events, there are many individual stories that have either not been told or not been told widely which are every bit as gripping as the stories associated with the turning tide after Midway.

I Will Run Wild draws on extensive first-hand accounts and fascinating new analysis to tell the story of Americans, British, Dutch, Australians, and New Zealanders taken by surprise from Pearl Harbor to Singapore that first Sunday of December, 1941, who went on to fight with what they had at hand against a stronger and better-prepared foe, and in so doing built the basis for a reversal of fortune and an eventual victory.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: I Knew My Plans Had Changed; Chapter Two: The Rising Sun; Chapter Three: Preparation In The Philippines; Chapter Four: Alamo Of The Pacific; Chapter Five: Opening Blow In The Philippines; Chapter Six: A Fighting Retreat; Chapter Seven: The Forgotten Campaign:; Chapter Eight: The Malay Barrier; Chapter Nine: Reinforcement; Chapter Ten: The Tigers Of Burma; Chapter Eleven: The Great Escape; Chapter Twelve: Indies Finale; Chapter Thirteen: The Guarantee Of Victory; Chapter Fourteen: Go Forward, Fight Well; Chapter Fifteen: The Defense Of Darwin; Chapter Sixteen: Our Target Is Tokyo; Chapter Seventeen: Ramsey's Lambsies; Chapter Eighteen: Victory Disease; Chapter Nineteen: A New And Shining Page; Chapter Twenty: Six Deadly Minutes

Product details

Published Sep 22 2020
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781472841339
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 32pp plate section in b&w
Dimensions 9 x 6 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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