Target Tokyo by James M. Scott


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Target Tokyo by James M. Scott

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Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott The shocking Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulted in the devastating loss of more than two thousand Soldiers and citizens. Even as Americans reeled from the blow, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his military advisors were already planning a retaliatory counter-attack on Japan. In this video, author James M. Scott presents a lecture using themes from his latest publication, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. Scott sheds new light on the details of Roosevelt’s counterattack and the brave airmen who risked everything to give their country hope in the coming world war. The American counterattack on Tokyo, known commonly as the “Doolittle Raid,” provided a desperately needed morale boost to Americans still reeling from the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor. The mission, commanded by pilot Jimmy Doolittle, occurred only four months after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, offering the American people a sense of immediate justice. In his lecture, Scott discusses the triumphs of the Doolittle Raid and the consequent hope the mission provided to the badly shaken American population. He also examines the effect the tactically ineffective raid had on the confidence the Japanese people held in their leadership’s ability to stop the eventual American onslaught. Finally, Scott brings to the fore the Soldiers responsible for carrying out the near-suicidal mission to strike fear in Japanese hearts. Lecture Date: August 3, 2017 Length: 60 Minutes



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