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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Aug 6, 2014

In this episode, Forest leads a talk on Japan's thinking going into World War Two.  With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes apparent that Japan's plan going into WWII was based on a collection of flawed assumptions, and was tied to the misguided hope that the US will to fight could be broken in a reasonably short period of time with a "decisive battle" - before the tremendous industrial and military potential of America could be fully brought to bear.  In part one, we follow the Japanese from the start of the war to Japan's devastating defeat at the battle of Midway.

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Ugaki, Matome. Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (March 17, 2008)

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