By James M. Scott
The dramatic account of 1 of America’s so much celebrated―and controversial―military campaigns: the Doolittle Raid.
In December 1941, as American forces tallied the useless at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt amassed along with his senior army counselors to devise an bold counterstrike opposed to the center of the japanese Empire: Tokyo. 4 months later, on April 18, 1942, 16 U.S. military bombers below the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way project to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards after which get away to unfastened China. For Roosevelt, the raid used to be a propaganda victory, a powerful salve to heal a wounded country. In Japan, outraged over the deaths of blameless civilians―including children―military leaders introduced an ill-fated try to grab halfway that may flip the tide of the battle. however it used to be the chinese language who suffered the worst, sufferers of a retaliatory crusade through the japanese military that claimed an predicted 250,000 lives and observed households drowned in wells, complete cities burned, and groups devastated through bacteriological warfare.
At the guts of this terrific tale is Doolittle, the son of an Alaskan gold prospector, a former boxer, and excellent engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT. different attention-grabbing characters populate this gripping narrative, together with Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant normal Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, and the feisty Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Jr. right here, too, are indelible pics of the younger pilots, navigators, and bombardiers, lots of them little greater than young ones, who raised their arms to volunteer for a undertaking from which few anticipated to come back. lots of the bombers ran out of gasoline and crashed. Captured raiders suffered torture and hunger in Japan’s infamous POW camps. Others confronted a harrowing get away throughout China―via boat, rickshaw, and foot―with the japanese military in pursuit.
Based on ratings of never-before-published files drawn from data throughout 4 continents in addition to new interviews with survivors, Target Tokyo is international struggle II heritage of the top order: a harrowing event tale that still serves as a pivotal reexamination of 1 of America’s such a lot bold army operations.
sixteen pages of illustrations