20 August 2020
New book on the early stages of the Pacific War to be released by Osprey Publishing.
Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts and ground breaking new analysis, this is a vivid narrative history of the early stages of the Pacific War, as US and Allied forces desperately tried to slow the Japanese onslaught that began with the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
In many popular histories of the Pacific War, the period from the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor to the US victory at Midway is often passed over because it is seen as a period of darkness. Indeed, it is easy to see the period as one of unmitigated disaster for the Allies, with the fall of the Philippines, Malaya, Burma and the Dutch East Indies, and the wholesale retreat and humiliation at the hands of Japan throughout Southeast Asia.
However, there are also stories of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds: the stand of the Marines at Wake Island; the fighting retreat in the Philippines that forced the Japanese to take 140 days to accomplish what they had expected would take 50; the fight against the odds at Singapore and over Java; the stirring tale of the American Volunteer Group in China; and the beginnings of resistance to further Japanese expansion. In these events, there are many individual stories that have not been told before which are every bit as gripping as the stories associated with the turning tide after Midway.
I Will Run Wild draws on extensive first-hand accounts and fascinating new analysis to tell the story of Americans, British, Dutch, Australians and New Zealanders who, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, made their stands against a stronger and better- prepared foe, and in doing so, built the basis for a reversal of fortune that would turn the tide of the war.
- Osprey Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-4728-4133-9
- £25. Hardback.
- Published: 17 September 2020
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