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on 9 February 2012
I'm nearing the end of this fascinating book. 'Sealing Their Fate', by David Downing. It reads like a thriller, but is a factual account of what was happening in different spheres of the conflict in the 22 days leading up to the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbour. It's a revealing book, showing just how the cracks appeared in the German offensives in the east, as well as the desert victories by the commonwealth forces over Rommel's Afrika Korps.
It's an interesting format chosen to give the reader snippets of war in different conditions, climates and countries. It made me want to search out and find more information on little-known, but ultimately important details leading up to the attack.
Churchill said after the war about Japan's folly in attacking the USA - 'Hitler's fate was sealed. Mussolini's fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.'
I'd recommend this book to anyone seeking to further their knowledge not just of the events depicted here, but also the political shenanigans on opposite sides of the world that culminated in what was, effectively, the countdown to the destruction of Japan.