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by Robert C. Mikesh
Smithsonian Institution Press 1973
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|Japan's World War II
Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America
During 1944 and 1945, the Japanese launched over 9,000 balloon bombs from Japan that would float across the Pacific using the jet stream then descend over the western United States. Armed with bombs, it was hoped they would trigger forest fires in the Pacific northwest and cause panic that would divert American resources. Filled with photographs and diagrams, Japan's World War II Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America provides a comprehensive account of this obscure chapter in modern warfare.
This book was first published in 1973, with second printing in 1982 and 2011 each with different titles, cover art and page counts.
First published as: Japan's World War II Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America. Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1973 ISBN: 0874749115 / 978-0874749113 pages 85. The cover artwork is a photograph of a balloon bomb with the title and Japanese kanji at left atop a red and white gradient.
Second printing Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America: Japan's World War II Assaults Publisher: Aero Publishers, 1982 ISBN: 0816839506 pages 84. The cover art is a Japanese rising sun flag with a drawing of a balloon bomb.
Third printing Japan's World War II Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America. Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2011 ISBN: 1839310715 pages 92. The cover artwork is a drawing of a balloon launching with the title and Japanese kanji at right atop a red and white gradient.
Review by Justin Taylan
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