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Ed Gordon: Japan Strikes at Dawn! Defeat at Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, and Singapore
January 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- At the beginning of the Second World War from December 7, 1941 to March 8, 1942, in just 91 days, Imperial Japan was spectacularly victorious. The Japanese attacks decimated much of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, destroyed U.S. air and naval capacities in the Philippines, and conquered the supposedly impregnable Gibraltar of the East – Singapore. For the next six months, Japanese forces rampaged across vast stretches of the Pacific virtually at will. How could this have happened? Were conspiracies and intelligence failures responsible for these debacles? Or were they the result of a series of foul-ups, poor planning, worse strategy, and ill luck?
- Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon