Sunday, 10 November 2013

Battles of the Pacific War Blurb

Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945 is out now! This is a 136 page historical account of the largest battles during the Pacific War.


"On the 7th of December, 1941 hundreds of
Japanese aircraft took off from a group of
aircraft carriers. Their target was Pearl
Harbour in Oahu, Hawaii which was home of
the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Pacific War began
here, and for almost four years the United
States and their allies remained at war with
the Japanese Empire. During this period the
war in the Pacific engulfed much of Asia,
from the borders of India to the Indonesian
Islands on the outskirts of Australia.

This is a concise, yet detailed, historical
account of the Pacific War that recounts
some of the largest battles in the Pacific
Theatre. Famous 20th century battles in the
vast seas, islands and jungles of the Pacific
region, beginning with the devastating
Japanese airstrike at Pearl Harbour. A tale
of epic confrontations, Battles of the Pacific
War 1941 – 1945 recalls where, when and
how the Pacific War was won and lost
within the battlefields of the Pacific"

Friday, 1 November 2013

Kindle Countdown Deal

Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945 can be ordered at a discount at Amazon.com for a limited time period. As part of the Amazon Countdown deal the ebook can be ordered at incremental discounts for a limited period from 3 - 9 November. Then the book is discounted to $0.99, $1.99 and £1.99.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Book Preview

The Battle of Midway was one of the more famous naval battles in the Pacific. Here are a few of the first pages from chapter four, Battle of Midway:

"By April 1942, the Japanese Empire stretched from Manchuria to New Guinea on the outskirts of Australia; after Pearl Harbour Japan's advances in the Pacific had been almost entirely victorious. Allied armies in the Philippines, Malaya, Singapore and the Dutch East Indies had all been defeated. Victory for Japan was seemingly close, but the Pacific War was far from over.

After the Pearl Harbour debacle, the United States had not had much to celebrate in the Pacific. Salvage teams at the Hawaiian base were restoring and repairing U.S. battleships and other warships, but the survival of the U.S. aircraft carriers did give the Allies something to counter further Japanese naval advances. It was not long before they were called into action for naval support in the Pacific.

These aircraft carriers also provided a platform for early bombing missions such as the Doolittle Raid. With their aircraft carriers the United States launched their first bombing raid of the war towards Japan. In the month of April, a squadron of B – 25s, even though they were not carrier aircraft, somehow took off from the decks of an aircraft carrier and bombed Japanese cities. The Doolittle Raid proved that Japan could be bombed, and was celebrated by the Allies.

Further naval battles in the Pacific took place in May. At the Battle of Coral Sea the IJN was targeting Port Moresby, which if taken could provide a base for a potential invasion of Australia. The occupation of southeast New Guinea was another part of the plan. For this operation Japan sent out two fleet aircraft carriers to intercept any Allied naval fleets.

The U.S. Navy was ready and waiting for the IJN at Coral Sea. It was here that the first aircraft carrier naval battle of the Pacific War emerged, as both sides launched aircraft sorties from their carriers. The U.S. aircraft carriers Lexington and Yorktown were both attacked by the Japanese bombers. The Lexington was struck by torpedoes and was lost, while the bomb damaged Yorktown survived the battle and returned to Pearl Harbour for further repairs.

Despite the loss of the Lexington, the Battle of Coral Sea was not entirely a defeat for the United States. The IJN withdrew from the battle, and so the Allies still held Port Moresby which would remain out of reach for the rest of the Pacific War. Japanese fleet aircraft carriers required repairs after the battle, and they also lost a light carrier.

The remaining U.S. aircraft carriers were a primary target for the IJN. They had escaped Pearl Harbour, and three of those remained intact after the Battle of Coral Sea. Indeed, the next battle was less than a month away.

For this operation, Admiral Yamamoto aimed at the occupation of the Midway Atoll, a small island in the Pacific, approximately 1,300 miles northwest of Hawaii, which was a U.S. naval and flying-boat base. For Japan, it was a good location to establish a forward position in the Pacific with airfields. It was expected that U.S. aircraft carriers could be trapped, and wiped out, by the Japanese carrier fleet in a naval battle around Midway Island. Japanese troops would also land at and occupy the Aleutian Islands to the north to divert some U.S. vessels away from Midway.

Yamamoto divided the Japanese Combined Fleet into five naval groups that were dispersed across hundreds of miles of ocean. The most essential of these groups was the Carrier Striking Force, under Admiral Nagumo, which included four Japanese aircraft carriers with approximately 280 aircraft. These were the ships that would target the U.S. carriers, and aircraft, around Midway.

Behind the Carrier Striking Force were further supporting Japanese fleet groups. These fleets included a variety of cruisers, destroyers and battleships such as the 72,000 ton Yamato. One of the groups was also a transport group which was expected to carry approximately 5,000 Japanese troops to occupy Midway. Japanese submarines would also play their part in the operation. Japan sent out a forward screen of submarines between Midway and Pearl Harbour to intercept U.S. aircraft carriers approaching Midway...."

Friday, 19 October 2012

Book Trailer

Below is the book trailer. You may need to have the QuickTime media player to play the video. 

video

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Where to find Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945

Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945 can be found at both LuLu (now with 40% discount) and Amazon. I have included links to the book's pages on these sites. These links are included on the link list on the right side of this blog. Or you can just check out the links within this post.

Don't forget that this book comes in both paperback and Kindle format. The Kindle format is basically the e-book alternative for the book. If you have an Amazon Kindle then this can be great alternative as it includes an audio option for any of its books.They can store lots of books, and above all else they are an alternative greener alternative. Save the rain forests!

Now the Kindle book is also a part of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. This is like an Amazon Kindle library for their e-books. You take out and return the e-book in much the same way you would at a library. Check out this page for further details on how.


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

About Matthew

Matthew is a freelance writer who has produced a variety of articles for various publications and websites. Among them the Washington Post, TripAdvisor, Bright Hub, Swing Golf Magazine, Coed Magazine and Vagabundo Travel. Battles of the Pacific War is his debut book. Check out the links to a few of his articles below.

Remembering the Titanic in Southampton

"Southampton is famous for its ships such as the great ocean liners that dominated its port during the early 20th century. Briefly among them was White Star’s Titanic, which in 1912 was the largest ship to have been constructed. The Titanic set sail from Southampton in April, 1912 for its maiden voyage. However, this was cut short as the Titanic famously sank like a rock in the Atlantic with over 2,000 aboard. Only a minority were picked up and arrived in New York. In 2012, Southampton has been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic in the month of April...."

Free Tank Rides!

"It’s time to reload and refuel your tanks, for Command and Conquer is back this March! The next installment for the Command and Conquer game series is Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twighlight, set to conclude the story of this epic game saga...."

The History of the Half-Life Game Series

"Half-Life is one of the most influential PC game series. Since the first Half-Life game was unveiled the Half-Life game series has been expanded with several great additions. This Half-Life history article covers the history of the Half-Life series from the rise of Valve up to the present day...."

Nintendo Game Consoles 

"This Nintendo console timeline traces the history of Nintendo’s video game consoles from the ‘80s to the present day. As such, all of Nintendo’s non-handheld game consoles are covered here with dates provided...."

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Review 

"The first Super Mario Galaxy game was an intergalactic platform romp across the galaxies. For many it was one of the best games on the Wii that rebooted the 3D Mario design. It’s sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2, is a very comparable game title that is more of a refinement than a revamp of the original...."

PlayStation 4 Preview

"In February 2013 Sony confirmed that their next game console will indeed be the PlayStation 4. It is now the most hotly anticipated game console of 2013. Once again, Sony are introducing new console hardware that eclipses current alternatives, including the Wii U. At the press conference the actual design of the PlayStation 4 was not revealed. Thus, design specifications are not yet final. However, details for a variety of the console’s hardware specs were provided by Sony...."

Holiday rentals in Ontario

"Ontario is one of the largest provinces in Canada, and home to some of Canada's largest cities such as Toronto and Ottawa. Ontario is larger than the United Kingdom, and the vastness of this province provides plenty of variety & diversity for those visiting Canada. As such, there are plenty of good holiday lodges for rent in Ontario, and with some less than $400 a week holiday lodges in Ontario can be a good economical alternative to hotels...."

Air War in the Pacific

The air war in the Pacific was essential to both sides. Air superiority could win any naval battle, and in addition to this leave military and industrial targets open for bombing raids. The short video below includes colour footage from the air war. 


Pearl Harbour is one of the battles included in the video, and I would guess Midway, Leyte Gulf and the Battle of Philippine Sea could be some of the other battles. All of these battles are covered in greater detail within Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945

A Sneak Peek

Here's a sample of the first three pages of Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945:

"The Japanese Empire had gradually expanded in the 20th century. Victories in its wars with the empires of Russia and Germany in the early years of the century had further consolidated its territory in Asia. However, as the '20s gave way to the '30s, the Wall Street Crash ensured a decline in free trade and a period of economic stagnation.

For Japan, extending the empire had potential economic advantages. Senior generals called for military campaigns aimed at gaining more colonies which could provide additional raw materials. With a larger empire established Japan would not have to import as much. Manchuria, a province in northern China, was rich in minerals and land suitable for agriculture. In 1931, claiming that a portion of Japan's South Manchuria Railway had been sabotaged by China, the Japanese army invaded and occupied the town of Shenyang.

The situation could not escape the attention of the League of Nations. Soon after the invasion the League requested that Japan withdraw as soon as possible. The Japanese military was not about to back down, and advanced further so that by the end of '31 the Japanese army occupied the whole of Manchuria.

While this occupation did not ensure a war with China in the early '30s, it was the beginning of an emerging war with China. The United States gave their support to China. They even proposed a Japanese arms embargo, although this was never established. The United States also remained in accord with the findings of the League of Nations regarding the situation in Manchuria. Japan withdrew from the League of Nations in 1933.

A few years later, in 1937, a wider war in China did indeed begin. Japan claimed that their troops had been fired at by Chinese troops at Marco Polo Bridge, and soon after their army invaded China from Manchuria. The Japanese army dominated the early period of this war as they advanced further into China. One by one, China's cities such as Nanking and Shanghai were occupied.

Despite these early victories, the Sino-Japanese War was far from over. Though the Japanese army had won most of the key cities they only occupied the northeast of the country. The millions of Japanese soldiers in China could not fully defeat the Chinese army, or indeed the communist guerrillas who provided further military support during the conflict.

The escalation of the war merely increased Western suspicions. However, by 1939, Britain and France were at war with Germany, and military defeats in Europe meant they were not about to open new fronts elsewhere. The United States remained isolationist and would not provide China with firm military support.

Notwithstanding its isolationist foreign policy, the United States did establish a Japanese embargo in 1940 as the war in China continued. These economic sanctions froze American oil exports to Japan, as well as exports of steel and iron ore. Even though the embargo was incomplete, since Japan still obtained a small quantity of oil from the United States, it began to have a noticeable impact by '41. As Japan's oil supplies became increasingly depleted, it was clear that it could not continue the war in China much further as aircraft and tanks required fuel.

Negotiations with the United States regarding withdrawal from China continued in the early '40s. However, the Japanese military had prepared an alternative plan which would ensure that they could remain in China, in the short term at least. This scheme outlined how Japan could quickly expand their empire in the Pacific with a series of advances targeting European colonies in the region. With the possible exception of Singapore, most of the...."

That's as far as this preview goes, but there may be a few more included on this blog. So watch this space!  

Photos and Maps Included in Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945

During the Pacific War some great photos were taken. Among them was the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima photo which photoed a group of Marines raising the flag atop Mount Suribachi at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945 includes a compilation of Pacific War photos taken during the period. A variety of photos taken from battles at Okinawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor are included among its pages. The updated book now has additional battle maps that show the geographical terrain of the battlefields. Below I have included a few more Pacific War photographs which are not within the book's pages.

A Corsair aircraft at Battle of Okinawa.
The Yamato battleship. 
 The USS Arizona goes down at Pearl Harbour. 

Battle of Iwo Jima Video


This Iwo Jima video includes unique colour footage from the battle in 1945. This is one of the most famous battles of the period. The Battle of Iwo Jima is one of four land battles included in Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945 along with the Battle of Okinawa, Battle of Singapore and the Battle of Saipan.