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The Massacre of ABDACOM: The Destruction of the United States, British, Dutch and Australian Forces by the Japanese In World War II Paperback – 10 Sep 2013


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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492243787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492243786
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Lee Ready was recognized by the US Government as the foremost historian of the international aspect of World War Two. Author of several books, he has also been an historical adviser for BBC documentaries. His work was fundamental in enabling the British government to change the law so that Nazi war criminals could be arrested and tried in the UK.

He was chosen by President Clinton to be one of the historians for the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day landings.

J. Lee Ready has earned praise from such noted historians as John Ellis, Martin Gilbert, H. P. Willmott and David Cesarani. Whereas author Kenneth W. Estes can't wait to attack Ready's ideas and does so in the preface to his 'A European Anabasis'.

J. Lee Ready is an alumnus of the Preston Catholic College, Institute of Applied Science Chicago, the University of Tulsa and the University of Liverpool.

TRIVIA: 1:Was once imprisoned in the Tower of London. 2:Was involved in diplomatic incidents with Lebanon and Ghana. 3:Was charged with treason and murder by the US Army. 4:Was a BBC correspondent. 5:Was asked to work for the Queen of England and turned her down.6: Was part of a team targeted by the IRA [Irish Republican Army]. 7: Served as a US Army radar operator watching the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. 8: Was in the 1962 film 'A Kind of Loving'. 9: Worked on a ranch. 10: Attended an English 'Public School' [that means a private school]. 11: Designed a sidewalk in Germany, which is still there. 12: Tried his hand at motor racing. 13: Witnessed the Mexican Rebellion of 1968. 14: Is a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt.

EXPLANATIONS 1:With other tourists during a bomb scare. 2: Two car wrecks with two ambassadors. 3:The MPs jumped the gun. There was no murder and no treason. 4:True. 5:True. 6:See IRA campaign during the 1st Gulf War. 7: True. 8: Unpaid extra. 9:True. 10: One of two Yanks at the school. 11: Hanover. 12: No trophies. 13: Right place, wrong time. 14: 5th twice removed.

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J. Lee Ready was recognized by the US Government as the foremost historian of the international aspect of World War Two. Author of several books, he has also been an historical adviser for BBC documentaries. His work was fundamental in enabling the British government to change the law so that Nazi war criminals could be arrested and tried in the UK. He was chosen by President Clinton to be one of the historians for the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day landings. J. Lee Ready has earned praise from such noted historians as John Ellis, Martin Gilbert, H. P. Willmott and David Cesarani. Whereas author Kenneth W. Estes can't wait to attack Ready's ideas and does so in the preface to his 'A European Anabasis'. J. Lee Ready is an alumnus of the Preston Catholic College, Institute of Applied Science Chicago, the University of Tulsa and the University of Liverpool. TRIVIA: 1:Was once imprisoned in the Tower of London. 2:Was involved in diplomatic incidents with Lebanon and Ghana. 3:Was charged with treason and murder by the US Army. 4:Was a BBC correspondent. 5:Was asked to work for the Queen of England and turned her down.6: Was part of a team targeted by the IRA [Irish Republican Army]. 7: Served as a US Army radar operator watching the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. 8: Was in the 1962 film 'A Kind of Loving'. 9: Worked on a ranch. 10: Attended an English 'Public School' [that means a private school]. 11: Designed a sidewalk in Germany, which is still there. 12: Tried his hand at motor racing. 13: Witnessed the Mexican Rebellion of 1968. 14: Is a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. EXPLANATIONS 1:With other tourists during a bomb scare. 2: Two car wrecks with two ambassadors. 3:The MPs jumped the gun. There was no murder and no treason. 4:True. 5:True. 6:See IRA campaign during the 1st Gulf War. 7: True. 8: Unpaid extra. 9:True. 10: One of two Yanks at the school. 11: Hanover. 12: No trophies. 13: Right place, wrong time. 14: 5th twice removed.

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By Guy M. Hall on 4 Oct. 2013
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This is a very ambitious book that does pull it off. Though some inaccuracies are in it, for instance the HMS Prince of wales did not have rocket anti aircraft weapons on the 10th of December(They had been replaced by 20mm guns) and Corregidor had twelve 12" mortars, nevertheless it is a well researched book. My only other criticism would be that maps would have helped, but maybe I was too lazy to reach for the atlas! The author has his own opinions, but that is good and this book covers a lot, careful reading will yield a gold mine of information so well worth it.
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An excellent book covering a time period often overlooked in histories of WWII. This period is often just a footnote as though the Pacific campaign began with the invasion of Guadalcanal. (Specific books covering the fall of SIngapore or the Philippines excepted) . Probably because the period covered so many defeats for the allied forces and also showed up the many inadequacies of leadership of US,British,Dutch and Australian officers.
Mr. Ready pulls no punches in naming officers and soldiers,sailors & aircrew who he believes don't live up to the requirements of their rank and responsibilities which is quite refreshing.
The whole campaign is covered in minute detail, day by day which beats most other histories covering this period.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not what you might think ... but a useful reference for the first months of the Pacific War 11 Nov. 2013
By Paul & Sarah Hinds - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of those who read about the Pacific War know about the ABDA (American-British-Dutch-Australian) Naval Command that attempted to stop the Japanese Invasion of the Malaysian-Indonesian theater.

If you were looking for great depth to this tragic tale of mismatched ships and non-existent staff this is not the work for you. It does, briefly, go into ABDA afloat - the naval aspect of this first attempt at combined command - but paradoxically the author has a more ambitious goal ... to look at the air and land aspects before and after the Japanese attack against the ABDA powers. The focus is on the higher level attempts to coordinate the Allied response and the failures therein on Air, Land and Sea.

The author spares little sympathy for the horrid combat command history of Percival (nor should he in my opinion) and at the same time shows the deep seated distrust and suspections which plagued the British-American attempts during these critical months. He highlights a 'defensive retreat'mentality, which served only the Japanese well, that had sway with people like Percival, Wavell, Heath and Hutton. McArthur, at first, attempted to use a counter-attack strategy which would have worked well with 1944 US Marines but doomed with 1941 raw troops. The confusions and excessively long retreats that resulted would eventually place too many men and too little supplies in the Bataan sack.

The author touches upon the dichotomy of Whitehall and Churchill's efforts in the Far East, where much of Britain's most critical raw materials were located, sending in trusted theater commanders(such as Wavell)but little in up to date equipment or trained personnel. Trusting to numbers of poorly equipped raw troops, rather than the combination of material overload and battle tested troops that were to later win the war, and a "C-list" of battlefield commanders which made the defense of Malaysia a study in how not to win a war. The author shows the misteps and poor leadership that created the raw material for the hell of the Thai-Burma railroad. We are accustomed in today's age that our troups are well educated (or indoctrinated) as to the nature of their enemy and what they could expect in the way of treatment. The total lack of this, despite almost 10 years of bloody demonstration in China, helped to sow the seeds of defeatism and low unit cohesion in Malasia. The Dutch record in Indonesia, where their colonial grip literally melted away, is hardly worth mentioning but the author does cover what little there was.

The author touches upon McArthur's imperial command style, which totally disregarded not only the British but Washington as well, but goes a little easy on his poor decisions which lead to vacillation and eventually the overrunning of the Philippines.

The author gives a good insight on how decisions made early in 1941 set the groundwork for the Japanese to pull off the unbelievable and dominate all of Oceania to Australia and into the Eastern Indian Ocean with no help from their erstwhile allies and against the premier powers in Asia.

I would recommend this work for those who are interested in this phase of the Pacific War.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Review of Abdacom by a Dutch reader. 17 Nov. 2013
By Bert van Lunteren - Published on Amazon.com
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A very interesting book which gives a good insight in the mentioned period. Being Dutch and espacially interested in the navy, my prime knowledge about this period is rather limited to the role of the Netherland Navy and the defeat of the Netherland Indies. This book gave me a much wider insight in the things that happened in this dark period.
A point what I missed in the book is that, at least as far as I know, the Dutch navy and the Netherlands East Indies air force had spoilt so much of their resources in defending Singapore that a feasible defense of the Dutch East Indies was no longer a plausible opportunity.
Another point which struck me was the often displayed unwillingness of local troops to fight. This was already a point noticed in Dutch history of the period, but this book showed me that it was also a problem in tyhe other armies. Of course there are execptions like the Mendonese soldiers in defending Tarakan.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Detail but Desperately Needed Maps 8 Mar. 2014
By William Coates - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book on a portion of the Pacific War that has received much less attention that later events. For a casual reader of World War II history, I would probably rate this no higher than a 3 but for more me, I gave it a 4. It is confusing to follow with too many place names, units and people without any maps at all. This book really needed at least 10 pages of maps to decipher the events occurring over thousands of miles of ocean and six months. I would have placed some of the extraneous detail in footnotes and made the whole history an easier read to better see the whole picture. I have read enough WW II materials to wade through it and it did enlighten me as to how fast the Japanese "blitzkrieg" moved until finally stalling at Midway, Guadalcanal, the Indian border and in China. Some readers may or may not want to know how badly soldiers and civilians were treated by the Japanese but it is historically factual.
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First rate study of the war at sea with Japan ... 25 Aug. 2014
By Bayard B. - Published on Amazon.com
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First rate study of the war at sea with Japan in Southeast Asian waters from December 1941 through about March 1942. It contains a lot of detailed information on the early south east Asian battles and campaigns for which I have only been able to find general texts before ("The allies lost...). It discusses the loss of just about every Allied ship that was involved. It also contains much discussion of the Allied command structures that were incredibly convoluted and ineffective. It also discusses the blind and naive optimism (if not racism) with which the British, Americans, and Dutch viewed a war with Japan.
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Well worth the read of a little written about part of WWII 27 Sept. 2014
By Douglas Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
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A good description of the first 6 months of the Pacific war after December 7. Covers the action in China, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia, and more. Naval and Ground. Probably not written or published as Mich die to the painful nature of the allies performance in those early days.
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