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DOWNLOAD ↠ Target Tokyo James M. Scott ✓ 9 DOWNLOAD Seize Midway that would turn the tide of the war But it was the Chinese who suffered the worst victims of a retaliatory campaign by the Japanese Army that claimed an estimated 250000 lives and saw families drowned in wells entire towns burned and communities devastated by bacteriological warfareAt the center of this incredible story is Doolittle the son of an Alaskan gold prospector a former boxer and brilliant engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT Other fascinating characters populate this gripping narrative including Chiang Kai shek Lieutenant General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell and the feisty Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Jr Here too are indelible portraits of the young p. Imagine taking a slice of Ian Toll s Pacific Crucible putting it under a magnifying glass and then realizing there is a whole book there waiting to be written read and explored That s what you have here and written with the same verve that Toll writes Impeccably researched but also remarkably human it grips you from the start And there are so many fascinating episodes like York s crew s escape from the Soviet Union that play out within the bigger Doolittle episode that itself plays out within the WWII saga If a better book could be written on the Doolittle Raid I really can t imagine it

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DOWNLOAD ↠ Target Tokyo James M. Scott ✓ 9 DOWNLOAD Ilots navigators and bombardiers many of them little than teenagers who raised their hands to volunteer for a mission from which few expected to return Most of the bombers ran out of fuel and crashed Captured raiders suffered torture and starvation in Japan’s notorious POW camps Others faced a harrowing escape across China via boat rickshaw and foot with the Japanese Army in pursuitBased on scores of never before published records drawn from archives across four continents as well as new interviews with survivors Target Tokyo is World War II history of the highest order a harrowing adventure story that also serves as a pivotal reexamination of one of America’s most daring military operation. I would give anything to sit in the cockpit of a B 25 as Jimmy Doolittle piloted that airplane off the USS Hornet in 1942 What an incredible feat it must have been Holding down the brakes and racing the airplanes engine until its ready to blow up is an adrenaline release in itself Then he releases the brakes and takes off with only 500 feet left on a ship carrying 2000 pounds of bombs and travels 2000 miles with a full crew All of this being done on a carrier deck without hitting the superstructure of the ship s island James Scott has written a tremendous concise detailed account of the Doolittle raid Four months after Pearl Harbor with American Pacific Fleet in shambles and American Pacific bases either in the hands of Japanese or about to fall FDR and military leaders decide to bomb Tokyo Scott carries the reader along as each of the 16 planes attack dropping their bombs and the impact they will have Its remarkable reporting of what happened By the end of the raid however the reader is only half done There are hours of reading ahead to learn the fate of 80 men A gripping story that is well researched as Scott takes the reader up close to the raid well done and hard to put down Human Security and International Law pursuitBased on scores of never before The Fire Starters published records drawn from archives across four continents as well as new interviews with survivors Target Tokyo is World War II history of the highest order a harrowing adventure story that also serves as a Millennial Teacher Identity Discourses pivotal reexamination of one of America’s most daring military operation. I would give anything to sit in the cockpit of a B 25 as Jimmy Doolittle Single Session Therapy piloted that airplane off the USS Hornet in 1942 What an incredible feat it must have been Holding down the brakes and racing the airplanes engine until its ready to blow up is an adrenaline release in itself Then he releases the brakes and takes off with only 500 feet left on a ship carrying 2000 Heart And Soul Like Constructs Across Languages Cultures and Epochs pounds of bombs and travels 2000 miles with a full crew All of this being done on a carrier deck without hitting the superstructure of the ship s island James Scott has written a tremendous concise detailed account of the Doolittle raid Four months after Pearl Harbor with American Pacific Fleet in shambles and American Pacific bases either in the hands of Japanese or about to fall FDR and military leaders decide to bomb Tokyo Scott carries the reader along as each of the 16 Routledge Handbook of Tennis planes attack dropping their bombs and the impact they will have Its remarkable reporting of what happened By the end of the raid however the reader is only half done There are hours of reading ahead to learn the fate of 80 men A gripping story that is well researched as Scott takes the reader up close to the raid well done and hard to Taboo Personal and Collective Representations put down

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DOWNLOAD ↠ Target Tokyo James M. Scott ✓ 9 DOWNLOAD In December 1941 as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire Tokyo Four months later on April 18 1942 sixteen US Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one way mission to pummel the enemy’s factories refineries and dockyards and then escape to Free China For Roosevelt the raid was a propaganda victory a potent salve to heal a wounded nation In Japan outraged over the deaths of innocent civilians including children military leaders launched an ill fated attempt to. Signal Officer Edgar Osborne watched the Hornet s bow so as to release Colonel James Doolittle just as the carrier began to dive down the face of a wave The time reuired for a B 25 to traverse the flight deck meant that the bomber would reach the bow on the upswing catapulting the plane into the air Osborne dropped the flag and Doolittle released the brakes The bomber roared down the flight deck at 820 am The scream of those engines the excitement and urgency made an incredible sight I was lying face down on the wet deck clutching the tiedown plates to keep from being blown by the terrific wind When Doolittle s B 25 began to move it seemed unreal Ross Greening later wrote I had chills running up and down my spine Doolittle s left wheels hugged the white line that ran down the deck He passed fifty feet then one hundred Then two hundred He ll never make it someone shouted The bomber charged toward the end of the flight deck and then appeared to vanish James Scott Target Tokyo Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor On the last night of his life American airman Billy Farrow wrote a series of letters the last of which was meant for his girlfriend of two years Elizabeth Sims The letter is simple graceful and shockingly free of bitterness considering that Farrow had been sentenced to death by the Japanese military You are to me the only girl that would have meant the condition of my life he wrote I have realized the kind of life being married to you would have meant to me and to both of us and I know we would have found complete happiness And then in a line that perfectly encapsulates the smallness of human life in the midst of cataclysmic world war he continues It is a pity we were born in this day and age Farrow was one of Doolittle s Raiders He and 79 of his companions under the command of famed aviator and daredevil Lt Col James Doolittle had launched a surprise bombing raid on Tokyo in retaliation for the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor The raid had been audaciously conceived and recklessly executed Sixteen Army Air Force B 25 Mitchell bombers each with a five man crew and four bombs took off from the carrier USS Hornet The plan concocted by a naval captain was for the bombers to take off from a carrier drop their payloads over Tokyo and other Japanese cities fly to China where they d land at emergency airfields in occupied territory refuel and then push further inland A B 25 bomber struggles off the deck of the USS Hornet on April 18 1942Things went awry when Japanese picket boats spotted the American convoy heading towards the mainland some 200 miles before the launch point Doolittle went ahead anyway knowing that his men wouldn t have the fuel to make it to the Chinese landing strips The planes all launched successfully from the Hornet caught the Japanese air defenses by surprise and got away safely That is when the real odyssey began This story and much is the subject of James M Scott s magisterial Target Tokyo Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor I will be very honest in saying that this is a book I almost did not pick up The title alone is a turn off like something from an RKO Pictures film I feared this would be a Father s Day kind of book A simplistic tale of heroism and vengeance and American exceptionalism I don t have much interest in rah rah jingoistic paeans If I want propaganda I ll look at an old war bonds poster The only thing that caught my attention was the prodigious length 480 pages of text exclusive of endnotes and index Nearly 500 pages on a mission that is a mere footnote in the larger course of World War II Something had to be going on I thought This is the work of an obsessive and I dig obsessives The Doolittle Raid has been covered before most famously by pilot Ted W Lawson who lost his leg following the crash landing of his plane the Ruptured Duck and wrote the celebrated Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo which later became a pretty good movie It also featured in Michael Bay s execrable 2000 film Pearl Harbor appended as a feel good tag to a picture otherwise focused on a notable American defeat I feel comfortable saying that this is the last book that needs be written on the subject Scott covers this material from every angle and perspective Target Tokyo is comprehensive exhaustive and beautifully written Scott begins in the shadow of Pearl Harbor America is reeling from the loss of four battleships two permanently nearly 200 planes and over two thousands men The Philippines are under attack Wake Island has been captured President Roosevelt wants to hit back if for no other reason than to lift the flagging spirits of his country Enter Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders Famed aviator and Hennessy connoisseur James Doolittle Scott covers the conceptualization of the raid as well as the training His account of the bombing mission itself is insanely detailed It is literally a bomb by bomb account that tells you which plane s bombs hit which targets what kind of damage that caused and how many people died There are moments when he connects individual Japanese casualties to the bomb from the plane that killed them This makes for an incredibly intimate description of an otherwise lethally indiscriminate mode of warfare The bulk of the narrative is spent on the escape of the Raiders Of the sixteen planes fifteen crash landed and one disobeyed orders and flew to Russia While allied with the US against Germany the USSR was at this point scrupulously maintaining neutrality with Japan The story of the aircrew interned in Russia makes for pretty good black comedy It s Sartre viewed through the prism of Heller For the other 75 men it was a vastly different experience Doolittle Raider Robert Hite is blindfolded and led into captivityThree men died during the crash landings Most of the rest escaped aided by Chinese soldiers and civilians who later paid a heavy price for their efforts Eight men were captured and their tale comprises the most fraught sections At one point they were taken to the infamous Bridge House jail in Shanghai The conditions were near unendurable Prisoners broiled in the summer heat and froze throughout the winter A starvation diet of watery rice and a few ounces of bread caused fillings to fall out of teeth and some inmates suffered vision loss One Chinese prisoner starved to death after going twenty five days without food Filth was a constant There were no baths no haircuts no shaves Prisoners filed down their fingernails by rubbing them against the concrete walls The Japanese guards refused to provide females with sanitary napkins leaving them with bloodstained legs and dresses that served as a source of endless amusement for the guards Fleas lice and centipedes swarmed the cells and rats often tugged at the hair of sleeping captives Disease was rampant from dysentery and tuberculosis to leprosy The communal latrine forced others to witness the horrific and untreated venereal diseases some prisoners suffered The Doolittle Raiders were mistreated tortured and forced to sit through a sham trial that convicted them all of war crimes Three including Billy Farrow were executed by firing suad The aftermath of the raid including the plight of the captives is Scott s true focus He devotes space to the propaganda campaigns run by both the Japanese and the United States He follows the Raiders once they return home the ex POWs suffering from what we d now recognize as PTSD He even takes us to the party Doolittle threw in 1947 at a Miami hotel where according to a memo written by the hotel s night manager which Scott helpfully excerpts there was women booze and a swimming pool This party promised by Doolittle from the start grew into a yearly tradition Doolittle even donated a bottle of 1896 Hennessy cognac from the year he was born to be drank by the last two surviving Raiders I don t think I m spoiling anything to say that Scott closes this book with the last three survivors opening up that cognac and drinking their toast In a typical book that final gesture would have been the culmination of a theme The old heroes tossing one back to fallen comrades This is not a typical book In its latter half Target Tokyo forces you to uestion the necessity of a mission that has become a cherished hallmark in US military history He takes us back to China where the Japanese retribution which the US knew was coming fell hard on the villages that assisted Doolittle s men An estimated 250000 Chinese men women and children were killed making the Nazi vengeance at Lidice look like a schoolyard game of bombardment There are times when a number gets so large that it loses meaning It s far easier to empathize with the seven named Raiders who perished than with the uarter million nameless Chinese who represented the collateral damage Scott isn t able to identify them but he gives a searing portrait of the Japanese rampage through their lives It was in short a reprise of the Rape of Nanking Villages leveled Mass executions Biological warfare All this for what amounted to a propaganda coup A raid of no material conseuence Sixteen planes and 64 bombs Later in the war LeMay would hurl as many as 500 B 29s at Japanese targets each with five times the payload of Doolittle s B 25s Perhaps the raid goaded Yamamoto into the Midway campaign Perhaps But the cost in lives seems disproportionate to its achieved goals Scott never makes an argument either way He gives you every scrap of information he s unearthed and threads it into a narrative that is structured to leave you asking the uestion yourself Without being blatant he overlays an ethical framework over the unrestrained hell of World War II By the end Target Tokyo becomes than a story of a gutsy raid by nerveless airmen it turns into a deep mediation on the moral choices inherent in war


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    (Pdf Read) Target Tokyo Very enjoyable and informative read about the Doolittle raid on Japan Growing up and studying history in school I knew about Jimmy Doolittle but after reading this book I learned how little I really knewIn December

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    FREE READ Target Tokyo James M. Scott ✓ 9 DOWNLOAD SUMMARY ó E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ James M. Scott Even before rescuers could remove all the dead from the oily Hawaiian waters following Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor American war planners started work on an ambitious counterassault a strike against the heart of the Japanese Empire Tokyo This raid led by Army Forces Lt Col and famous stunt and racing pilot Jimmy Doolittle tested American ingenuity and gambled the precious few warships in the Pacific Fleet's ba

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    James M. Scott ✓ 9 DOWNLOAD (Pdf Read) Target Tokyo Totally absorbing account of the Doolittle Raid on Japan which created our first victory of any type in the Pacific After Pearl Harbor and the losses one after another in the Pacific Theater the moral in the States was falling and the outcome of the war was starting to look glum That is why this highly risky raid was put together that the Navy and Army Air Force would risk so much for a propaganda victory that was design

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  • Hardcover
  • 648
  • Target Tokyo
  • James M. Scott
  • English
  • 05 March 2020
  • 9780393089622