First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor

Paperback | October 25, 2006

byJohn Craddock

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"If we had only known even a bit of what John Craddock tells us now, our own history could have been so very different."
--Sherry Sontag, coauthor of Blind Man’s Bluff

In First Shot, John Craddock investigates a little-known but clear eleventh-hour warning that, had it been heeded, might have enabled the Navy’s Pearl Harbor command to blunt the Japanese assault and save ships and lives. Craddock reveals that the attack plan of Japan’s Admiral Yamamoto included five midget submarines, each carrying two men and two torpedoes. First Shot vividly recreates the action on the deck of the U.S.S. Ward on the morning of December 7 as the outmoded relic of an earlier war engaged a tiny, state-of-the-art undersea fighting machine.

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"If we had only known even a bit of what John Craddock tells us now, our own history could have been so very different."--Sherry Sontag, coauthor of Blind Man’s BluffIn First Shot, John Craddock investigates a little-known but clear eleventh-hour warning that, had it been heeded, might have enabled the Navy’s Pearl Harbor command to bl...

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"Sent ahead of the air assault on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese mini sub was destroyed, nearly destroying Japan's deadly surprise. If we had only known even a bit of what John Craddock tells now, our own history could have been so very different." --SHERRY SONTAG, co-author of "Blind Man's Bluff; The Untold Story of American Submarine Espio...

John Craddock, an author of several books and a journalist, helped launch a series of guidebooks for The History Channel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.7 × 5.6 × 0.86 inPublished:October 25, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071479112

ISBN - 13:9780071479110

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