This course, a bookend to the course War in the Skies: The Air War in Europe 1939-45, covers the War in the Pacific, with a particular focus on the air war. It traces the development of Japan as a modern military power, its early triumphs in Asia and the South Pacific, and how the Allies – particularly the US – turned the tide, mainly using air power launched from carriers or air bases captured during the “island hopping” campaigns of 1943-45. It concludes with the ultimate immolation of Japan under the weight of American incendiaries and – eventually – two atomic bombs.
Instructor: Buck Beason
Location: Zoom Online