One day in history--December 7, 1941 by Rodney P. Carlisle, John Keegan

By Rodney P. Carlisle, John Keegan

Offering a special method of historical past, this sequence of person encyclopedias will delineate and clarify the folks, areas, occasions, chronology, and ramifications of pivotal days in background. at some point in historical past: December 7, 1941 will supply a finished and interesting review of this date in heritage in addition to an exam of the subject concerning the date—the assault on Pearl Harbor and international warfare II. This quantity will disguise all points of December 7, 1941, together with history details explaining what ended in the date's occasions and post-date research discussing the consequences and effects of the day's events.

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Further Reading: Krishnan Scinivasan, Rise, Decline and Future of the British Commonwealth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Philip Snow, The Fall of Hong Kong (Yale University Press, 2003); Christopher Somerville, Our War: How the British Commonwealth Fought the Second World War (Orion Publishing Group, 1998); Stanley Weintraub, Long Day’s Journey into War (Dutton, 1991). —David H. Lippman b r i t i s h c o m m o n w e a lt h | 27 From Churchill’s Journal Churchill put the seal on the long day, writing, “I do not pretend to have measured accurately the martial might of Japan, but at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death.

Th is denied Force Z commander Admiral Sir Tom Phillips of fighter cover. The British commander in chief, Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham, put his troops on alert and pondered whether or not to launch his deterrent, Operation Matador. Under this plan, a British brigade group called Krohcol would race north into Thailand and deploy on the Singora and Patani beaches ahead of the Japanese convoys. The 11th Indian Division would follow Krohcol. Response in London Officials in London, where it was still December 6, were not idle.

That system worked well enough for regular traffic intercepted from overseas telegraph and radio. But encoded messages—the documents that traveled between embassies or the military—were a whole different matter. Japan used a common method of encryption. First, individual words and syllables were given a numerical value. The message would be then translated into this series of numbers. A code clerk would give the message a second layer of encryption using a book of additives—a random series of numbers assigned to each group of meaningful numbers that would, in theory, hide the real words being transmitted.

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