- Beginning of World War II
- 1940 - Axis gains momentum in World War II
- 1941 Axis momentum accelerates in WW2
- World War II in the Pacific in 1942
- 1942 Tide turning in World War II in Europe
- 1943 Axis losing in Europe
- American progress in the Pacific in 1944
- 1944 - Allies advance further in Europe
- 1945 - End of World War II
The video covers key events of 1942 during World War II. It highlights the Doolittle Raid, a morale-boosting attack on Japan, the Battle of Coral Sea, which weakened the Japanese navy, and the significant U.S. victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These events marked a turning point in the war, with the U.S. going on the offensive.
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- was india in any battle at all?
(im not sure...)(26 votes)
- The Japanese also attempted an invasion of India from Myanmar in 1944. The attack included some Indian soldiers fighting against British colonial rule in India. Casualties on both sides were close to 80,000 dead and wounded(8 votes)
- Sal says that the Japanese knocked out most of the USA Pacific fleet, but he later says when talking about the Doolittle raid at1:15that the plan was to use an aircraft carrier to transport 16 B-25 bombers. If the Japanese took out most of the fleet does he mean there were still useable carriers, or were there carriers in other places?(13 votes)
- Sal may have been slightly incorrect, the Japanese attack on the US pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour was meant to destroy the ability of the US to launch any attacks against Japan by destroying the entire fleet, however, when the Japanese attacked, all the aircraft carriers and some of the other ships were out on manoeuvres around 300 miles away. This meant that the US still had the capacity to launch air attacks from carriers. It is also worth mentioning that the Japanese only attacked the Pacific fleet, the rest of the US's ships were unscathed.(34 votes)
- Why do the US and Japan have good relations today?(10 votes)
- Why didn't the Japanese invade Australia?(4 votes)
- The Japanese first tried to isolate Australia from the US by invading the Australian territory of New Guinea/ Port Moresby . But the US stopped them at the "Battle of the Coral Sea" where the Japanese Navy took some serious hits. That was the closest the Japanese would ever get to Australia. After that the US were pushing them back till they were finally defeated.(16 votes)
- How bad was the Japanese Navy hurt after the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway?(4 votes)
- After the battle of Coral Sea the Japanese wasn't too badly hurt, although they lost almost 100 planes and were kept from invading Australia.
After the battle of Midway, the Japanese lost all four of their carriers involved in the battle as well as 250 aircraft and exponentially more sailors than the Americans. After this battle the Japanese fleet was effectively crippled and remained on the defensive for the rest of the war.(5 votes)
- Who else thinks its crazy that the Japanese were the first and last country to invade US territory? Though it was not a full scale raid, and they didn't get past the Aleutian islands, that is still an accomplishment worth noting.(4 votes)
- Which American Soil did the Japanese invade? Those little islands in the western Aleutians? An invasion means boots on the ground.(3 votes)
- im just wonderin for a project but how did the japenese execute their priconers or there pows(4 votes)
- These links have information on POWs in Japan during WWII:
Hope this helps!(2 votes)
- What is kamikaze attacks? How many were successful in sinking ships and how many were unsuccessful?(3 votes)
- Why is the 2nd Sindo-Japanese War not called the 2nd Chinese-Japanese War?(1 vote)
- Hi Jack, Sino- is a prefix that means Chinese. It's from the Latin for Chinese, Sinae. Sinae is probably from the same root as China, named for the Qin ("chin") Dynasty that was prominent when Western explorers first wrote about the area.(10 votes)
- then why did the japanese bomb pearl harbor?(1 vote)
- I haven't watched the video yet, but two reasons that I can think of off the top of my head are as follows:
1) President Roosevelt banned all exports of scrap iron, steel, and oil to Japan.
2) The United States had still not entered the war yet, and had the the strongest navy in the world. As time went on and the US leaned more towards involvement, the Japanese decided to strike first and cripple the American navy.
Hope that helps.(8 votes)
We are now entering into 1942. And just a reminder - It´s been a little over two years since the beginning of WW II in Europe when the Nazis invaded Poland. And even before that, as early as 1937, you´ve had all-out war between the Chinese and the Japanese. And even before that you´ve had conflicts since the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931. So Asia has been in conflict for some time. But as we go into 1942, the United States has just entered into World War II. You might remember - December 1941, Japan goes on a major offensive, tries to knock out the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, attacks Wake Island, attacks Guam, attacks Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaya. Then shortly thereafter goes after other possessions, Burma, goes after the Dutch-East Indies in its quest for natural resources. And so you can imagine as we go into 1942, the Americans are eager to retaliate. And in these videos - these are overview videos, I cannot talk about every action and battle that happens. I`m just trying to give you the hightlights - But the first notable action in 1942 is the Doolittle Raid. Named after Colonel Doolittle, who is the architect of this raid. The idea is not so much as a strategic victory but more of a psychological one. If the U.S. could somehow attack the mainland of Japan, bomb the mainland of Japan, it would be a huge morale booster for the Americans, and it might cause the Japanese people to question their own leadership. And so the idea is sent a carrier within bomber range roughly 1000 miles of the coast of Japan - and I tried to do research on where they went but I wasn`t able to find - but roughly 1000 miles of the coast of Japan and then send 16 B-25 bombers to bomb the mainland. And they are actually able to do this. 15 of the bombers, since they can`t land back onto the carrier, they are to heavy and to large to do that, they land in China and one of them gets diverted to Russia or the Soviet Union. And out of the 80 crewman all of planes get lost but out of the 80 crewman three are killed in action, eight are captured, and three are killed in captivity by the Japanese. But for the most part a hugely successful operation. Only months after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. is able to attack the Japanese mainland. Once again, more of a psychological victory then a strategic one, but a major psychological accomplishment from the ally point of view. This was in April, then you can fast forward to May, where you have the first major naval engagement between the Japanese and the American navy. And that happens at the Battle of Coral Sea, or the Battle of the Coral Sea, which occurs roughly over there. And this is significant because the U.S. loses more than the Japanese do, but it is able to cripple the Japanese navy enough that as they go into the next major offensive, they don´t have quite the firepower that they need. And that next major offensive happens in June at Midway. In June you have the Battle of Midway. At the Battle of Midway this is a Japanese offensive. Their goal is to further knock out the United States. But it ends up going the other way. And this is considered a big deal. This is the first Japanese naval loss since the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits in 1863. You have a U.S. victory here. Many historians consider this one of the most significant naval battles. We have a U.S. victory here. Once again, it´s only seven months since Pearl Harbor. You have Coral Sea which cripples the Japanese navy. - maybe cripple is a strong word but tears them down a little bit - Then you have Midway which is a major U.S. victory. And then that takes us to August where you have the Battle of Guadalcanal. There are several islands over here, the U.S. want to take it, the Japanese want to retake it. But between the on-the-ground forces and the naval forces, the U.S. is able to defeat the Japanese and keep them from taking Guadalcanal. This is a big deal because between Midway and Guadalcanal in 1942, this is the turning point. And after this point, Midway, the Japanese were on the offensive here, the Japanese tried to get the U.S. out of Guadalcanal in August. But in both of those the U.S. are able to defeat the Japanese at Midway, they are able to fend them off at Guadalcanal. This is the turning point where the U.S. is able to go on the offensive. 1942 is a very big deal. It´s only months after Pearl Harbor, months after the U.S. enters the war but it´s able to start turning the tide, and start to go on the offensive against the Japanese in the Pacific. And what we´ll see in the next video is 1942 also marks the turning of the tide in Europe.