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U.S. Entry Into WWII:  Japanese Offensive

This section details the Japanese Offensive in the Pacific beginning with the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Midway Island on December 7, 1941.   Continuing with the Malayan Campaign, the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, then the December 11 attack on Wake Island (which also focuses on the island until the end of the war).   The section also details the early months of 1942 with the Phillippine Campaign (the Bataan Death March and the evacuation of General Douglas A. MacArthur), the creation of the American-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA), the Raid on Darwin, and concludes with the Battle of Java Sea and the Battle of Sunda Strait at the end of February.

Image:  NH 86637-KN:  Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941.   Artwork by Tsuguji Fujita, 1942.   Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Art & Museum Branch.  U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.