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Closing In: The Battle of Saipan

By: Mark Loproto

From the moment the United States decimated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway, every decision was crucial. The war had reached a turning point and one wrong... Read More

The Solomon Islands Campaign

By: Mark Loproto

Today, you don’t hear much about the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. They’re a popular tourist destination, but otherwise they aren't at the top of most people's minds. During... Read More

Reading Pearl Harbor: I Attacked Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Published in 1949, four years after the end of World War II, I Attacked Pearl Harbor is a first-hand account of the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, told from an... Read More

The Secret Japanese Plan for Biological Warfare

By: Mark Loproto

As World War II started to draw to its inevitable conclusion, the Japanese became increasingly desperate. Japan, which had had been suffering crippling defeats, wasn't about to go down without... Read More

William S. Pye and the Fall of Wake Island

By: Mark Loproto

In the days following the Pearl Harbor attack, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was relieved of his post as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. Considering the nation was suddenly at war, his replacement... Read More

The Morning of Pearl Harbor – Battle of Hong Kong

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of December 7, 1941, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor fell victim to a surprise Japanese attack. The assault would go down in history as... Read More

Japan’s Plans After Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

It was a question that many pondered after Japan left the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in ruins. "Why did this happen?" And with more than 2,400 American... Read More

After Pearl Harbor: The Battles of the Pacific

By: Mark Loproto

More than 75 years ago, the United States engaged Japan in a brutal war across the Pacific. It all started on a quiet Sunday morning, at an unsuspecting naval base in... Read More

The Phantoms of the Pacific: Kido Butai

By: Mark Loproto

It patiently waited, its target only 230 miles away. Waves rocked the ships as their commanders prepared for the inevitable launch that would change the world. The Pacific skies were... Read More

Britain’s Pearl Harbor: The Invasion of Malaya

By: Mark Loproto

While the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was under bombardment by an Imperial Japanese Navy striking force, a British colony was also under attack. December 7,1941 was a devastating day in world... Read More

The POW of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Kazuo Sakamaki isn’t a name many Americans are likely know. Born in Awa, Tokushima, Japan in 1918, he certainly wasn’t any sort of American hero. In fact, quite the opposite.... Read More

The Hull Note: The Final Piece Leading to War

By: Mark Loproto

Prior to the events of December 7th, 1941, the casual observer may have assumed that the United States was simply minding its own business when Japan conceived its malicious plan to send... Read More

Japan’s Attack Force at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

For the Imperial Japanese Navy to successfully pull off an attack on American territory, it needed two things: the element of surprise and a sizable force. By the morning of... Read More

The Soldier Who Continued Fighting

By: Mark Loproto

For most, World War II spanned from September 1st, 1939 to September 2nd, 1945, starting when Adolph Hitler made the decision to invade Poland. It all spiraled from there, with Britain’s... Read More

Beyond The Bomb: Why Did Japan Surrender?

By: Joe Hyeon

Ask anyone why Japan surrendered at the end of World War II, and a good proportion of the answers you receive will point towards the dropping of two atomic bombs... Read More

Why the Man who Planned the Attacks on Pearl Harbor Advised Against them

By: Joe Hyeon

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Planned Attacks “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” -From the diary of Admiral Isoroku... Read More

Emperor Hirohito Radio Address on August 15, 1945

By: Bruce D.

The following is a translation of Emperor Hirohito's radio address from August 15, 1945 accepting the Allies terms of surrender. The language that he spoke in was very difficult for... Read More

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

By: J. Owen

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the key strategist of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although he had serious reservations about a war with the United States, as Admiral he had a responsibility.  The... Read More

Chuichi Nagumo, Vice Admiral IJN

By: J. Owen

Despite the fact that he was opposed to the attack on Pearl harbor, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo was in command of the carrier-centered Mobile Force (Kido Butai). The task force... Read More

Mitsuo Fuchida, Japanese Commander at Pearl Harbor

By: J. Owen

Commander Mitsuo Fuchida led the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the pilot who famously sent the signal Tora, Tora, Tora, the code words that they had... Read More

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