World War II- Pacific Theater

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Vought SB2U Vindicator History and Scale Models

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Vought SB2U Vindicator History and Scale Models     Vought SB2U Vindicator origins are rooted in 1934 when the United States Navy requested for a new Scout Bomber for carrier use. Vought was one of the six manufacturers that submitted proposals for the aircraft, which had initially two variants, monoplane and biplane. Vought submitted designs in […]

Secret Cave 1961 Mitsubishi J8M Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Aircraft

Mitsubishi J8M Shusui in 1945 ready for testing flight.

The last Mitsubishi Shusui J8M was found in a secret cave in 1961     Mitsubishi J8M Shusui , which means Autumn Water, was a joint secret project of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. The Japanese learnt quickly from the devastation produced by B-29s bombers during their massive attacks […]

Nakajima G10N Fugaku Mount Fuji Japanese Strategic Bomber

Nakajima G10N Fugaku "Mount Fuji"

Nakajima G10N Fugaku “Mount Fuji”: Long Range Strategic Bomber 1/144 scale   The ultra long range strategy bomber of the Imperial Japanese Air Force was called Nakajima G10N Fugaku which means Mount Fuji in Japanese. The purpose of the development was to perform aerial bombing campaigns along industrial targets along the West Coast (e.g., San Francisco), Midwestern and Northeastern of […]

IJN gunboat Heien former Chinese ironclad Pingyuan

IJN Gunboat Heien at 1/700 scale

IJN gunboat Heien former Chinese vessel Pingyuan     The Pingyuan was as an ironclad coastal battleship operated by the Imperial Chinese Beiyang Fleet. After it was captured by Japanese, it was included as Imperial Japanese Navy vessel. Previous transliterations of its Chinese name include Ping Yuen and Ping Yuan. In Japanese it was known as […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Aircraft Carriers Chiyoda and Chitose page update

Japanese carrier CVL Chitose 1/700 Aoshima

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Aircraft Carriers Chiyoda and Chitose page update     The pages for the converted Escort Carriers Chiyoda and Chitose have been posted and updated. The Chitose-class vessels were seaplane tender cruisers commissioned in 1938 but converted to escort carriers in 1942. The pages are located in the Imperial Japanese Navy Carriers […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page update

Katsuragi carrier performing transporting mission of Japanese soldiers betwen Solomon islands and Japan in 1946. Note the Hinomaru symbol on hull side.

Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page update     The Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page has been posted . The Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu Aircraft Carrier page update

Unryu Japanese Aircraft fleet carrier on training mission, summer 1944.

Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu Aircraft Carrier page update     The Unryu Aircraft Carrier page has been posted . The Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu  Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Unryu Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Top Pacific War WW2 Movies List

Top Pacific War WW2 Movies for sale: Imperial Japanese Navy battles Tora! Tora! Tora! (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)   The history of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is re-created from U.S. and Japanese viewpoints. Special Features: Commentary by director Richard Fleischer and Japanese film historian Stuart Galbraith IV Two historical documentaries “AMC Backstory: […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier page update

Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Carrier Taiho in 1944.

Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier page update     The Taiho Aircraft Carrier page has been updated. The Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Taiho Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Aircrafts 1/700 scale

The Akagi fighter, bomber and torpedo squadrons color marks.

Imperial Japanese Navy Aircrafts 1/700 scale     The Imperial Japanese Navy Carriers and the embarked naval aircrafts were the best trained units when the Pacific War started. Here we collected all the available models for the Imperial Japanese Navy Aircrafts at 1/700 scale from Fujimi, Tamiya, Hasegawa and Pit-Road among others. Tamiya 1/700 Japanese […]

Japan at War 1931-45: As the Cherry Blossom Falls

The heavy cruiser Haguro under attack at Rabaul on 2 November 1943, showing damage received in the battle of Empress Augusta Bay that morning.

Japan at War 1931-45: As the Cherry Blossom Falls   David McCormack, the author, is a graduated with first class honours in Contemporary Military and International History. He has been a regular contributor of Japan based historical articles to the International Academic Forum’s Eye Magazine and a series of eight articles entitled Japan at War […]

How New York and London News Media Reacted to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941

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How Newspapers from New York and London reacted to the Pearl Harbor attack on 7th December 1941   When articles related to the Second World War and Pacific Theater in particular were published, there were no technologies to analyse the content in a fast and quantitatively manner. Now, we can process the content of thousands […]