The Century of Warfare

Season 1 Episode 17

Oriental Blitzkrieg - Pacific Theatre 1939 - 1942

Aired Unknown Jan 02, 1994 on A&E
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Oriental Blitzkrieg - Pacific Theatre 1939 - 1942
At 7:50 in the morning of Sunday, 7 December 1941, a wave of 214 aircraft appeared over the island of Hawaii. They were Japanese, and within two hours the heart had been torn out of the American Pacific Fleet. For the next six months Japanese forces were to rampage across the Far East and Pacific destroying the great colonial Empires of Britain, France, and the Netherlands which had dominated the area for centuries. This programme looks at the extraordinary speed with which the Japanese were able to humble the Western powers and the equally extraordinary swiftness with which the United States was able to recover and begin to fight back.* A Day of Infamy at Pearl Harbor* The Fall of Singapore * Clash of the Carrier Fleets* Showdown at Midway* The Marines on Guadalcanalmoreless

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