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War in the Pacific

War in the Pacific

The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theatre of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and East Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China (including the 1945 Soviet-Japanese conflict).

It is generally considered that the Pacific War began on December 7th, 1941, on which date Japan invaded Thailand and attacked the British possessions of Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong as well as the United States military bases in Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam and the Philippines. Some historians contend that the conflict in Asia can be dated back to July 7th, 1937 with the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China, or possibly September 19th, 1931, beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. However, it is more widely accepted that the Pacific War itself started in early December 1941, with the Sino-Japanese War then becoming part of it as a theater of the greater World War II.

The Pacific War saw the Allied powers pitted against the Empire of Japan, the latter briefly aided by Thailand and to a much lesser extent by its Axis allies, Germany and Italy. The war culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other large aerial bomb attacks by the United States Army Air Forces, accompanied by the Soviet invasion of Manchuria on August 8th, 1945, resulting in the Japanese announcement of intent to surrender on August 15th, 1945. The formal and official surrender of Japan took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. Following its defeat, Japan's Shinto Emperor stepped down as the divine leader through the Shinto Directive, because the Allied Powers believed this was the major political cause of Japan's military aggression and deconstruction process soon took place to install a new liberal-democratic constitution to the Japanese public as the current Constitution of Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier - Akagi [Clamshell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier - Akagi [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

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Zuiho ("Auspicious Phoenix" or "Fortunate Phoenix") was a light aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Originally laid down as the submarine support ship Takasaki, she was renamed and converted while under construction into an aircraft carrier.

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Jun'yo (meaning "peregrine falcon") was a Hiyo-class aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was laid down at Nagasaki as the passenger liner Kashiwara Maru, but was purchased by the Japanese Navy in 1941 and converted to an aircraft carrier.

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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Enterprise (CV-6) [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Enterprise (CV-6) [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

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Akagi (Japanese: "Red Castle") was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), named after Mount Akagi in present-day Gunma Prefecture. Though she was laid down as an Amagi-class battlecruiser, Akagi was converted to an aircraft carrier while still under construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty.

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Ise was the lead ship of the two-vessel Ise-class battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, which saw combat service during the Pacific War. Ise was named after Ise Province, one of the traditional provinces of Japan, now part of Mie Prefecture.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Chokai [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Chokai [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Chokai was a Takao-class heavy cruiser, armed with ten 8-inch (200 mm) guns, four 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns, eight tubes for the Type 93 torpedo, and assorted anti-aircraft guns. Chōkai was designed with the Imperial Japanese Navy strategy of the great "Decisive Battle" in mind, and built in 1932 by Mitsubishi's shipyard in Nagasaki.

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Kongō ("indestructible", named for Mount Kongō) was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. She was the first battlecruiser of the Kongō class, among the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built.

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Kirishima was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the third launched of the four Kongo-class battlecruisers, among the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built.

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Kaga was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), the third to enter service, named after the former Kaga Province in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture.

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