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The Second Pearl Harbor

Author : Gene Eric Salecker
ISBN : 9780806147451
Genre : History
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In May 1944, with American forces closing in on the Japanese mainland, the Fifth Fleet Amphibious Force was preparing to invade Saipan. Control of this island would put enemy cities squarely within range of the B-29 bomber. The navy had assembled a fleet of landing ship tanks (LSTs) in the West Loch section of Pearl Harbor. On May 21, an explosion tore through the calm afternoon sky, spreading fire and chaos through the ordnance-packed vessels. When the fires had been brought under control, six LSTs had been lost, many others were badly damaged, and more than 500 military personnel had been killed or injured. To ensure the success of those still able to depart for the invasion—miraculously, only one day late—the navy at once issued a censorship order, which has kept this disaster from public scrutiny for seventy years. The Second Pearl Harbor is the first book to tell the full story of what happened on that fateful day. Military historian Gene Salecker recounts the events and conditions leading up to the explosion, then re-creates the drama directly afterward: men swimming through flaming oil, small craft desperately trying to rescue the injured, and subsequent explosions throwing flaming debris everywhere. With meticulous attention to detail the author explains why he and other historians believe that the official explanation for the cause of the explosion, that a mortar shell was accidentally detonated, is wrong. This in-depth account of a little-known incident adds to our understanding of the dangers during World War II, even far from the front, and restores a missing chapter to history.

The Book Of 365

Author : Hugh Brazier
ISBN : 9781448192564
Genre : Reference
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Ever wondered how many dimples there are on a golf ball; or why the shipping forecast is broadcast on 198 kHz long wave? Find yourself puzzling over what is really going on in the 273 seconds of John Cage’s most famous composition? Then this book of mind-boggling number facts is for you. The Book of 365 offers an entertaining and thought-provoking mini-essay on the world around us for every day of the year, each taking a number between 1 and 365 as its starting point, encompassing science, history, art, literature, medicine, and popular culture, and covering topics as diverse as modern music and meteorites, archaeology and chilli sauce, un-birthdays and radio valve technology. On the way, uncover: At 5, the pentaradial symmetry of starfish and roses At 34, how the US flag got its stars and stripes At 99, the mysteries of the 99 ice-cream At 239, where Sherlock Holmes really lived And, in honour of the leap year, at the end of the book there is a bonus 366th essay!

Unseen Body Blows

Author : William A. Gay
ISBN : 9781525538353
Genre : History
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Between 1942 and 1945, 1,051 amphibious tank-landing ships were rapidly produced. These were anonymous vessels, slow and unwieldy, and in the words of one crewmember, they looked like bathtubs. At first, LSTs had a reputation of being expendable and of relatively low value, and so were bestowed another, less noble, nickname; “Large Slow Targets.” Put into service to get troops and equipment ashore, the story of LST 479 is in some respects the story of all of these ships. Typical of all early LSTs, its crew on commissioning day, April 19, 1943, consisted of raw amateurs. But over the next 1,046 days, through collisions, accidental groundings, navigational errors, and lots of mechanical breakdowns, the 479 crew became sailors. Displaying heroism and ingenuity, they rescued the crew of a crippled landing craft during an Alaskan storm, battled fires aboard a burning LST hit by kamikazes, and fought off air attacks on the way to Makin and Guam, at Saipan, in the Philippines and around Okinawa. This LST crew became the embodiment of the Navy’s 2018 recruiting slogan: “Forged by the Sea.” In gripping, meticulously researched, “you are there” fashion, author William A. Gay, recounts the fascinating history of the 479’s seven Pacific campaigns; from the day-to-day life of the men aboard her, to their terrifying encounters in battle as they delivered “unseen body blows” to the enemy that helped win the war in the Pacific.

Hawaii S World War 2 Military Sites

Author : Charles A. Jones
ISBN : 156647521X
Genre : History
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The Four Stack Apds

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They Followed The Trade Winds

Author : Miles M. Jackson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114543312
Genre : History
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Social Process In Hawaii

Author : Miles M. Jackson
ISBN : UCR:31210016083212
Genre : African Americans
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Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember

Author : Nola Mae Ross
ISBN : WISC:89058524620
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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Naval History

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To The Marianas

Author : Edwin Palmer Hoyt
ISBN : UOM:39015034643356
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Recounts U.S. amphibious operations in the central Pacific, on islands like Eniwetok, Kwajalein, and Saipan, and the friction between leaders of the Pacific fleet that further complicated the Allied attack on the Japanese defense perimeter

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