The Massacre of Abdacom: The Destruction of the United States, British, Dutch and Australian Forces by the Japanese in World War II by J Lee Ready (Paperback / softback, 2013)
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- DescriptionBataan! Singapore! Coral Sea! These names have become legend in the history of World War II. Yet ABDACOM is one of those military acronyms that has faded into the mist. But at the time in 1941 and 1942 this unit title meant real flesh and blood people, real soldiers, sailors and airmen fighting a seemingly hopeless battle. Named after the American, British, Dutch and Australian armed forces, the formation also included units of the armed forces of Canada, China, New Zealand, Burma, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and the Philippines, and of lands that became Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangla Desh. The battlefield covered the greatest surface of the earth of any battlefield in the history of mankind. It encompassed the largest surrender in British military history, and the longest retreat in the history of that martial nation. Also involved was the largest surrender of US controlled troops in American history. And the second largest surrender in Dutch military history. Modern warfare was introduced to the soil of Australia for the first time. More Canadian troops were lost in one week of battle, than in the previous two years of war put together. In addition, these crippling defeats were inflicted upon Caucasian white generals and admirals by members of a n-white race. This fact alone would have massive repercussions for the latter half of the twentieth century, and more than any other single factor it would be responsible for bringing the age of colonialism to an end. Over half a million desperate men and women valiantly fought to stem the tide of Japanese aggression on the ground, in the air and at sea, and they suffered more than ninety per cent casualties. This indeed was a massacre.
- Author BiographyJ. Lee Ready was recognized by the US Government as the foremost historian of the international aspect of World War Two. Author of several books, he has also been an historical adviser for BBC documentaries. His work was fundamental in enabling the British government to change the law so that Nazi war criminals could be arrested and tried in the UK. He was chosen by President Clinton to be one of the historians for the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day landings. J. Lee Ready has earned praise from such noted historians as John Ellis, Martin Gilbert, H. P. Willmott and David Cesarani. Whereas author Kenneth W. Estes can't wait to attack Ready's ideas and does so in the preface to his 'A European Anabasis'. J. Lee Ready is an alumnus of the Preston Catholic College, Institute of Applied Science Chicago, the University of Tulsa and the University of Liverpool. TRIVIA: 1: Was once imprisoned in the Tower of London. 2: Was involved in diplomatic incidents with Lebanon and Ghana. 3: Was charged with treason and murder by the US Army. 4: Was a BBC correspondent. 5: Was asked to work for the Queen of England and turned her down.6: Was part of a team targeted by the IRA [Irish Republican Army]. 7: Served as a US Army radar operator watching the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. 8: Was in the 1962 film 'A Kind of Loving'. 9: Worked on a ranch. 10: Attended an English 'Public School' [that means a private school]. 11: Designed a sidewalk in Germany, which is still there. 12: Tried his hand at motor racing. 13: Witnessed the Mexican Rebellion of 1968. 14: Is a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. EXPLANATIONS 1: With other tourists during a bomb scare. 2: Two car wrecks with two ambassadors. 3: The MPs jumped the gun. There was no murder and no treason. 4: True. 5: True. 6: See IRA campaign during the 1st Gulf War. 7: True. 8: Unpaid extra. 9: True. 10: One of two Yanks at the school. 11: Hanover. 12: No trophies. 13: Right place, wrong time. 14: 5th twice re
- Author(s)J Lee Ready
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication10/09/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMilitary History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight1002 g
- Width216 mm
- Height280 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Illustrator(s)Richard P Christensen
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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