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Bywater’s Fiction Novel Predicted Great Pacific War and Pearl Harbor


The Great Pacific War, a novel from 1925 predicted the war.

The Great Pacific War, a novel from 1925 predicted the war.


In 1925,  a British naval analyst, Hector Charles Bywater,  predicted and reported the events that led to the Great Pacific War. A novel entitled 1931 The Great Pacific War could have been read Admiral Yamamoto who was in the U.S. in 1925. In fact, at least the novel was described in newspapers and Admiral might have read the New York newspapers’ reviews of this book. The book was later of interest of Japanese officials and was indeed translated into Japanese and read by senior officers of the Japanese Imperial Navy. The fiction novel was written by a British, Hector Charles Bywater which discussed a hypothetical future war between Japan and the United States. The novel accurately predicted a number of details about the Pacific Campaign of World War II.

Written in 1925, The Great Pacific War, the war begins with a Japanese invasion of Manchuria, Formosa and Korea. Japan then stages a surprise attack which results in the nearly complete destruction of the Panama Canal, by exploding a freighter full of explosives in the Gaillard Cut. This blow-by-blow fictional account of a war between the United States and Japan was a forerunner of actual events, written 16 years before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Bywater, the world’s leading naval authority in the period between the two world wars, prophesied the following: A Japanese surprise attack attacks U. S. naval forces in the Pacific. Japanese troops simultaneously invade the Phillippines and Guam. Recognizing their limits, Japanese commanders hold off from any attempt to capture Hawaii.

Another versions and works written by Hector Charles Bywater:


The Great Pacific War Hardcover – August 1, 1991


A description of a hypothetical naval war between Japan and the United States that influenced the actual naval strategies of both countries during World War II

Sea-Power in the Pacific: A Study of the American-Japanese Naval Problem (Classic Reprint)



Cruisers in Battle: Naval ‘Light Cavalry’ Under Fire 1914-1918


During the First World War, the light cruiser and its satellite, the destroyer, were the first ships to go into action and the last to come out.Between 1914 and 1918, the ubiquitous British cruisers could be found roaming the seas from China to Peru, the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope.

Strange Intelligence: Memoirs of Naval Secret Service (Dialogue Espionage Classics)


Ahead of WWI, a war that was to put the British Navy to its sternest test since Trafalgar, Bywater reveals how he and his fellow agents deceived the enemy to gather vital intelligence on German naval capabilities. Originally written up in 1930 as a series of thrilling articles in the Daily Telegraph, his experiences were soon turned into a bestselling book, with the help of Daily Express journalist H. C. Ferraby. This account is a true classic of espionage and derring-do.


Bywater: The Man Who Invented the Pacific War Hardcover – 1990


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