This web site started as a tribute to Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, a hometown
boy. The site then expanded into "Little known facts" and "Attacks on the
US mainland". It was then recognized that later generations might not
understand the conditions of 1941-42. Most media presentations about WW2
are concerned with the victorious end of the war. Conditions were far different
at the beginning. There was horse cavalry, biplanes, bolt action
Springfield rifles, and sea search that depended upon a seaman's eye. The
staples of war movies - Corsairs, PPI radar, proximity shells, and Essex class aircraft carriers simply did not exist in 1942.
About this Web Site
The task now is to create an internet site explaining significant
parts of WW2; initial emphasis is on the Navy in the Pacific during the
first year, 1942.
The approach selected is to be a fast flowing description, to develop
little known topics, and to provide detailed reference. Concerning
accuracy - multiple sources on any topic differ. The international
dateline and the local viewpoint of the author concerning time of day
are often a problem. I have found places were corrections where
made twice on the same date:time, doubling the offset.
An example of conflicting information concerns which cruiser,
destroyers, and oil tankers accompanied the Pearl Harbor strike force.
See Which Japanese Ships Attacked Pearl Harbor?
where names and even the number of ships differ among sources. Your web
author just does his best to weed through the sources to report
the best estimate.
The following books are the most depended upon and are within reach
at the computer and used to confirm my memory. These books provide
information of the sort useful to the web pages. I am occasionally both
satisfied and embarrassed to find that others - in the hardcopy age -
have done a magnificent job of addressing topics that I have more
recently started as necessary to fill-in my own, and possibly your,
understanding of World War Two in the Pacific. If you live close to
a military historical museum, see if they have a library and join; I
wish one were close to me.
Most Used for References
- The Pacific War 1941-1945 by John Costello
- History of United States Naval Operations in World War II by Samuel Morison.
15 vol. Most used - 3, 4, 5.
- The End of the Imperial Japanese Navy - Masanori Ito
- Victory at Sea by James Dunningan and Albert Nofi
- And I Was There by Edwin Layton
- Time-Life History of WWII
- Atlas of the Second World War by HarperCollins
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, editor David Donald.
- Fighting Ships of WWII - Jane's
Most Used web sites
- Official Navy Chronology
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
- Hyperwar - USN in WW II
Other relevant books on the shelves:
- The complete listing the books has been moved to its own page.
Citation : This is frequently sought by students.
A sufficent web site citation is the page title from the top of the web page, followed by the page address, which appears at the bottom. On many pages there are two titles, which on paper would be joined with a colon. Example:
The End of the Great War : How the end of World War I led
to World War II
If you need a longer form, then, if this were a book, the title would probably be:
"World War II, Pacific: the early years". Lets shorten that to "World War II Pacific".
Bauer, James. "How the end of World War I led
to World War II", World War II Pacific.
A longer discussion including formal citiation procedures is here.
Viewed 15April2007 at http://www.ww2pacific.com/ww1end.html
Note the references acquired since starting this webpage, books;
very little here is without some authority's documentation, I only claim to put it in a form that I wish was available
when reading every book about WW2 I could find starting 60 years ago.
I served at SuBase, New London, and aboard USS Parle (DE 708), Little Creek.
There is an implied copyright on all creative work to which I give
away no commercial rights. Facts cannot be copyrighted. Many paragraphs
herein are condensations and compilations of the better book chapters from
multiple sources and for which I claim "fair use and
significant contribution" in reorganizing the facts. The selection of
topics, their tone, and editorial content are totally my responsibility.
I reserve the right to publish email ; I think the examples of
Savo Island update and radioman
from Graf Spee are tastefully done. Reader queries can spark new
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