What was the May 15 Incident (1932)?

Introduction The May 15 Incident (五・一五事件, Goichigo Jiken) was an attempted coup d’état in the Empire of Japan, on 15 May 1932, launched by reactionary elements of the Imperial Japanese Navy, aided by cadets in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and civilian remnants of the ultra nationalist League of Blood (Ketsumei-dan). Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi… Read More

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What was the Niihau Incident (1941)?

Introduction The Niʻihau incident occurred on 07 to 13 December 1941, when Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi (西開地 重徳, Nishikaichi Shigenori) crash-landed his Zero on the Hawaiian island of Niʻihau after participating in the attack on Pearl Harbour. The Imperial Japanese Navy had designated Niʻihau as an uninhabited island for damaged aircraft… Read More

What was the Attack on Pearl Harbour (1941)?

Introduction The attack on Pearl Harbour was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbour in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday 07 December 1941. The United States was a neutral country at the time; the attack led… Read More

What was Operation Vengeance (1943)?

Introduction Operation Vengeance was the American military operation to kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Imperial Japanese Navy on 18 April 1943, during the Solomon Islands campaign in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Yamamoto, commander of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy, was killed on Bougainville Island when his transport bomber… Read More