Imperial Japanese Navy


Operation K: A Second Pearl Harbor Attack

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the United States suffered devastating losses during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The assault launched the War in the Pacific and put the entire nation... Read More

Three Events That Altered the Course of the War

By: Mark Loproto

At the start of the War in the Pacific, the United States had suffered devastating defeats that made it seem as if the Empire of Japan could conquer the Pacific.... Read More

What Is Victory Disease?

By: Mark Loproto

Looking at the actions of the Japanese military during the early phases of the War in the Pacific, it’s reasonable to believe that they may have gotten overzealous with their... Read More

What If Japan Hadn’t Attacked Pearl Harbor?

By: Mark Loproto

December 7th, 1941. Just before 0800 that Sunday morning, an aerial striking force of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise assault on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.... Read More

America’s Surprising Original Atomic Target

By: Mark Loproto

When the use of atomic weapons first became an option during World War II, when and where to use them became the biggest questions. Though the targets eventually chosen were... Read More

America’s Fatal Miscalculation

By: Mark Loproto

When you have an enemy committed to goals that go against everything you you stand for, one of the worst things you can do is underestimate just how dedicated they... Read More

Pearl Harbor: The Third Wave That Never Came

By: Mark Loproto

Over the course of two hours, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two destructive waves of fighters and bombers on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack caused the... Read More

Yamato: Japan’s Biggest Battleship

By: Mark Loproto

We spend so much time discussing the American battleships that were destroyed and damaged during the Pearl Harbor attack and those that fought in the Pacific all through World War... Read More

The Mini Subs: Japan’s First Appearance at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

There are few historic events more known in the United States than the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Even though there have been countless retellings and a myriad... Read More

Commemorating the Battle of Midway

By: Mark Loproto

Over 75 years ago, the United States suffered one of the most devastating attacks on its soil. In the wake of the attacks, after being drawn into a war it... Read More

The Ships of the Japanese Striking Force

By: Mark Loproto

The success of pulling off the attack on the Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 wasn’t a miracle. The Imperial Japanese Navy employed vessels that made up the well-oiled task... Read More

Turning Point: The Battle of Midway

By: Mark Loproto

  On December 7th, 1941, an aerial force of the Imperial Japanese Navy entered American airspace and commenced one of the worst attacks ever felt on American soil. The Territory... Read More

Where the Japanese Went Wrong at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Looking at the events of Pearl Harbor, it may seem like the United States suffered the greatest blow it could have that day, but in retrospect, the outcome could have... Read More

First Japanese Prisoner of War

By: J. Owen

As you drive around Oahu, you will see the longest beach named Waimanalo.  It was at this beach that the first Japanese prisoner of war was captured by US troops... Read More

Kido Butai – Japanese Carrier-Centered Mobile Force

By: J. Owen

Kido Butai is the name of the Japanese strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor. The name Kido Butai literally means "mobile force". The naval feat of sending Kido Butai undetected... Read More