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of World War 2 events there were critical to success It is refreshing to read an account of one of the most important yet little known events of the war This book is informative interesting and entertaining Highly recommended This book covers a little known chapter of the Pacific war when the Japanese fleet ventured west to neutralisze the British fleet and hopefully for them inflict another Pearl Harbour But it was not as the title suggests and as Winston Churchill said the most dangerous moment of the war Far from it The japanese never intended to invade Ceylon They were too thinly stretched for that and even had they inflicted a much heavier toll on British ships in the Indian Ocean it would have had little bearing on the w LITTLE KNOWN BATTLE ONCE AGAIN ADMIRAL NAGUMO DROPPED THE BALL WHEN HE HAD WON THE BATTLE THE JAPANESE SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR CEYLON RATHER THAN NEW GUINEA IT WAS WIDE OPE. A well detailed account of the World War II raid which badly stung the Royal Navy but which the Japanese failed to exploit to a strategic advantageSeapowerIn early April 1942 a little known episode of World War II took lace Said by Sir Winston Churchill to be the most dangerous moment of the war the Japanese made their only major offensive westwards into the Indian Ocean As #historian Sir Arthur Bryant said A Japanese naval victory in April 1942 would have given Japan total control #Sir Arthur Bryant said A Japanese naval victory in April 1942 would have given Japan total control the Indian Ocean isolated the Middle East and brought do. ,
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N AND WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE THAN NEW GUINEA LUCKY FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE ALLIES THAT THEY ONLY PLANNED THIS AS A RAID NOT AN INVASION OUR SIDE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN DEEP TROUBLETHE BOOK IS NOT VERY THICK AND COULD HAVE BEEN MORE DETAILED BUT IT GETS THE IDEA ACROSS NICELY This IS NOT VERY THICK AND COULD HAVE BEEN MORE DETAILED BUT IT GETS THE IDEA ACROSS NICELY This could have been so much better The Japanese raid into the Indian Ocean in early 1942 has had very little written about it and this book should and could have redressed the balance The author seems to have gathered most of the salient facts but has not resented them well to the reader The style of writing is somewhat amateurish and the story does not flow in a logical seuence He flits about seemingly at random Another reviewer has summed it up well by stating that the author is an enthusiast rather than a historianThe sinking of the Cornwall Dorsetshire and Hermes are covered almost in haste with anecdotal stories from survivors resented separately rather than being woven. Wn the Churchill governmentHaving crippled the American fleet at Pearl Harbor the Japanese turned their sights on the British Eastern Fleet based at Ceylon Occupation of Ceylon now #Sri Lanka Would Not Only #Lanka would not only the Japanese a springboard into India but also control of the essential convoy routes to Europe and the Western Desert And aside from the British Eastern Fleet the Indian Ocean lay undefendedIn April 1942 a Japanese fleet led by six aircraft carriers four battleships and thirty other ships sailed into the Bay of Bengal In the fero. Into the narrativeAlthough Churchill may have uttered the words of the title that in his opinion this raid was The most dangerous Moment of the War I suspect most historians would take issue with the statement There were robably far serious issues ongoing in early 1942A decent book that could have been so very much better A most close call for the Royal Navy it was the end of its hegemony I find it strange that in the UK the Air Force was flying useless sweeps across northern France and yet such a limited number of modern fighters to oppose the IJN in Ceylon #A sadly disjointed repetitive effort While reasonably detailed it is hard to discern #sadly disjointed repetitive effort While reasonably detailed it is hard to discern context of some events due to the fragmented narrative Some nice fragments of first erson accounts though It is also very similar to the much earlier book whose title it echoes The Most Dangerous Moment The Japanese Assault of Ceylon 1942 by Michael Tomlinson though Tomlinson s book is a vastly olished logical resentatio. Cious battles that followed the British lost a carrier two heavy cruisers and many other ships; however the Japanese eventually turned back never to sail against India again John Clancy whose father survived the sinking of HMS Cornwall during the battle masterfully combines the strategic overview the tactical decision making and many Genocide of One personal experiences to bring this episode of the war to lifeWWII TodayAbsolutely enthralling Books MonthlyWell researched a balanced view of men acting under the stress of war during a critical time WWII Histo.