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Final Hours in the Pacific: The Allied Surrenders of Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore

Final Hours in the Pacific: The Allied Surrenders of Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore
Autor: Donald J. Young
Data publikacji: 2011-02
ISBN: 9780786459384
Wydawca: McFarland
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 26 x 18 x 1 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 288
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From December 7, 1941, until the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the war with Japan was a losing one. It was to be the darkest period of the almost-four-year war. Of those days, none was more trying than the final hours for the men trapped on Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore. This book, outlining the bitter end to their ordeals, covers the crucial days and final hours that led to their surrender, a capitulation that would shock the free world.

Young's book concentrates on the 'final hours' of Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore and therein lies my problem with the book. Young does a bang-up job of describing the invasion and conquest of those locations, some of which had undeserved reputations as being impregnable fortresses. His descriptions of the fall of each are exciting and insightful. However, the book jumps right into the action without setting the stage for each battle. The book would have been much more useful, especially to general readers, if Young had summarized events leading up to the opening rounds.

Likewise, once Young describes the fall of Wake Island, Singapore, etc., that's pretty much the end of the story. I felt that left the reader wondering what happened, for instance, to all the Marines, naval personnel and civilians who were captured on Wake. Adding a short summary of their fate would have made for a more balanced presentation.



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