14 The Java Sea Campaign

In this episode we’re looking at the Java Sea Campaign, with Jeffrey Cox.

Jeff’s book Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II from Osprey publishing, examines the events following Pearl Harbor.

In their own lighting offensive the Japanese attacked Singapore, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. The Allies reeled against the well planned assaults, struggling to hit back with any useful resistance in the first major sea battles of the war in the Pacific.



Main picture “Two Japanese Nakajima B5N torpedo bombers (B5N2 in the foreground and B5N1 in the background) over the Java Sea on 17 February 1942. The smoke in the background is coming from the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Nes. She was sunk by Japanese aircraft from the aircraft carrier Ryujo circa 30 km of Toboali, Bangka Island, while escorting the troop transport Sloet van Beele.” | Japanese Imperial Navy | Wikicommons

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