Emperor of Japan during World War II, Hirohito was the nation’s monarch from 1926 until his death in 1989. Hirohito announced the surrender of Japan to his people in August 1945, and after the war a constitution patterned after that of the United States created a constitutional monarchy form of government in the island nation. The depth of Hirohito’s involvement in leading Japan to war remains the subject of debate.
Operation Blacklist served as the supreme model to combat continuing resistance from the Japanese following formal surrender. More »
Admiral Isoruoku Yamamoto led the Imperial Japanese Navy into war but warned that the United States was a formidable foe. More »
Hirohito, Japan’s Emperor Showa, survived atomic bombs, a palace revolt, and defeat to retain the dynasty’s throne for his heirs. More »
U.S. Navy officer Ellis Zacharias attempted to end the war in the South Pacific, saving lives in the process. More »
After more than 60 years, the circumstances surrounding the use of the atomic bomb against Japan remain hotly debated. More »
Did President Franklin D. Roosevelt send three small vessels into harm’s way to pave the way for America’s entry into World War II? More »
On deceptively beautiful Saipan, hard-bitten Japanese regulars prepared a defense to the last man—soldier or civilian—rather than surrender. More »
Was Emperor Showa (“Hirohito” as he is typically referred outside Japan) a warmonger, pacifist, or both? More »
It’s been 74 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today we look back at the Day of Infamy and how it shaped the course of America’s future. More »
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.
Elements of America’s 93rd Infantry Division (Colored) fought discrimination at home and captured the highest ranking Japanese officer in the Pacific.