985 Spring 2019 Japan’s Biggest Secret During World War II
Thursday, 11:50–1:15, Apr. 25
Instructor: Jim Lewis
Through an unbelievable series of coincidences and luck, the story you will hear came to light after being shrouded in mystery for more than half a century. The attack on Pearl Harbor had gone better than planned, although Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had not destroyed any aircraft carriers. Yet he had succeeded in knocking the United States out of the Pacific for six months, buying precious time for Japan to conquer those nations with the most vital commodities and consolidate the gains behind a strong southern defensive perimeter. Yamamoto knew a protracted war against the United States would definitely not be in Japan’s interest. Therefore, he needed to find a way to take the war directly to the US mainland and, hopefully, deliver a knockout punch. The question: how? Japan’s fascinating response was fully developed and ready to be implemented before the end of the war; however the war’s events prevented its usage. Numerous diabolical plots were planned and the results could have been devastating.
Jim Lewis is a noted Civil War and WWII historian, lecturer, and local Civil War site tour guide. His WWII presentations include, “What Our Boys Faced on D-Day,” “D-Day +1 thru the Bulge,” and “The Japanese Empire’s Last Stand.” He has recently released another American Civil War era presentation, “The Consummate Citizen-Soldier—Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.”