Rising Sun, Falling Skies

Rising Sun, Falling Skies: the Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II by Jeffrey R. Cox

This is a reasonable account of the Java Sea campaign of 1942, which ended with the destruction of the American-British-Dutch-Australian fleet and the occupation of the entire Netherlands East Indies. Just about everything that might have gone wrong went wrong.

One key point is that for the Americans, British and Australians, they could accept defeat and retreat. For the Dutch this was the battle, giving up Java was like the British having to give up India.

It paints a very negative picture of MacArthur, claiming that he was very slow to react to events in the Philippines.

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