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1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls

1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls

Winston Groom

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 0802142508

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the author of Forrest Gump and A Storm in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most critical hour. On December 6, 1941, an unexpected attack on American territory pulled an unprepared country into a terrifying new brand of warfare. Novelist and popular historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the story of America's first year in World War II. To the generation of Americans who lived through it, the Second World War was the defining event of the twentieth century, and the defining events of that war were played out in the year 1942.

This account covers the Allies' relentless defeats as the Axis overran most of Europe, North Africa, and the Far East. But midyear the tide began to turn. America finally went on the offensive in the Pacific, and in the west the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein while the U.S. Army began to push the Germans out of North Africa. By the year's end, the smell of victory was in the air. 1942, told with Groom's accomplished storyteller's eye, allows us into the admirals' strategy rooms, onto the battle fronts, and into the heart of a nation at war.

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caught stealing vegetables from the garden of the Solomon Islands constabulary, but it was not until the 1970s that the few surviving Japanese on other Pacific islands were persuaded to give themselves up. Suggestions have been made that there might even be a remaining Japanese soldier or two still out there in the remotest jungles, wondering to this day if the war was over and, if so, who won?1 After the defeat of the Axis in Tunisia, the Allies quickly moved to invade Sicily, which they did

Genda, Minoru, 70, 83, 227 Geneva Convention, 184, 289 “gentleman’s agreement,” 21 German Americans, 158 German honor, 2 Germany. See also specific topics destruction of, 396 motivations for instigating World War II, 1–2 Germany First doctrine, 346–47 “Germany first” policy, 138 Ghormley, Robert L., 264, 303, 329 Gin Drinkers, 120 Giraud, Henri, 390, 402 Goettge, Frank B., 281 Goettge Raid, 278–79 Gona, 344–45 Great Depression, 10, 54, 164 Great Sea Battle, notion of, 321 Great

twenty-nine-year-old graduate of the Japanese naval academy, had been dropped from the service because of a stomach ailment caused by heavy drinking but was later reinstated and sent to intelligence school. Using the alias Tadashi Morimura, Yoshikawa arrived in Honolulu harbor aboard a Japanese ocean liner in March 1941, looking like a tourist complete with a lei around his neck, and went to business under the phony cover of being an employee of the Japanese consulate. He soon set up operations

missed his golf game with Admiral Kimmel, heard the racket at home and stepped out on his porch to see what he could see, which was not much more than smoke since he lived near Honolulu. He was soon informed and rushed to his headquarters. Arriving, he encountered an intelligence officer on his staff and asked, “What’s going on out there?” The officer, Lieutenant Colonel George W. Bicknell, replied, “I’m not sure, General, but I just saw two battleships sunk.” Short looked at him like he was

military operations. First they would infiltrate a relatively small force around the British flank, usually under cover of darkness. Often they used the bicycles as their transport and sometimes along the coast they would get around the defenders in rubber boats. When this surreptitious force was in place behind the unsuspecting enemy, it would open fire with mortars and small arms, alarming the defending troops and creating mass confusion; then the tanks would come into play along the front,

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