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Corgi War in the Pacific Series: 1941-1945 (1:72 Scale)

Corgi War in the Pacific Series: 1941-1945 (1:72 Scale)

The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia?Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in eastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and Oceania. It was geographically the largest theater of the war, including the vast Pacific Ocean theater, the South West Pacific theater, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the Soviet?Japanese War.

The Second Sino-Japanese War between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China had been in progress since July 7th, 1937, with hostilities dating back to 1931 with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. However, it is more widely accepted that the Pacific War itself began on December 7th (December 8th Japanese time) 1941, when the Japanese simultaneously attacked American military bases in Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, and the Philippines and invaded Thailand and the British colonies of Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The Pacific War saw the Allies pitted against Japan, the latter aided by Thailand and to a lesser extent by the Axis powers, Germany and Italy. The Japanese achieved great success in the initial phase of the campaign, but were gradually driven back using an island hopping strategy. The Allies adopted a Europe first stance, giving first priority to defeating Nazi Germany, but still managed to bring to bear the vast industrial might of the United States. The Japanese had great difficulty replacing their losses in ships and aircraft, while American factories and shipyards produced ever increasing numbers of both. Fighting included some of the largest naval battles in history and massive Allied air raids over Japan, as well as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Japan surrendered unconditionally on August 15th, 1945, and was occupied by the Allies. Japan lost its former possessions in Asia and the Pacific and had its sovereignty limited to the four main home islands and other minor islands as determined by the Allies.

#AA36617 - USAAF Lockheed P-38L Lightning Interceptor - Col. Charles McDonald, "Putt Putt Maru", 432nd Fighter Squadron "Clover", 475th Fighter Group, Philippines, 1945 (1:72 Scale)
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USAAC Curtiss P-40B Warhawk Fighter - "White 155", 2nd Lt. Kenneth Taylor, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941  [75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] USAAC Curtiss P-40B Warhawk Fighter - "White 155", 2nd Lt. Kenneth Taylor, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] (1:72 Scale)

The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter - Unknown Pilot, IJN Aircraft Carrier Hiryu, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941  [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter - Unknown Pilot, IJN Aircraft Carrier Hiryu, Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] (1:72 Scale)

Aside from the early-morning raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, perhaps the biggest shock for American forces in the Pacific was the outstanding performance of the Imperial Navy's main carrier fighter, the beautifully proportioned Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen.

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USAAF Lockheed P-38L Lightning Interceptor - Col. Charles McDonald, "Putt Putt Maru", 432nd Fighter Squadron "Clover", 475th Fighter Group, Philippines, 1945 USAAF Lockheed P-38L Lightning Interceptor - Col. Charles McDonald, "Putt Putt Maru", 432nd Fighter Squadron "Clover", 475th Fighter Group, Philippines, 1945 (1:72 Scale)

It was fast, heavily armed and extremely versatile. And many believe the Lockheed P-38 Lightning  to be the finest American fighter of WWII. Its low-drag, aerodynamic shape and heavy weight enabled this twin-engine, twin-boomed aircraft to accelerate to high speeds faster than any previous warplane, making it a potent fighter and a superb fighter-bomber.

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USAAF North American B-25D Mitchell Medium Bomber - "Red Wrath", 498th Bombardment Squadron "The Falcons", 345th Bombardment Group "Air Apaches", Dobodura Airfield, New Guinea, 1944 USAAF North American B-25D Mitchell Medium Bomber - "Red Wrath", 498th Bombardment Squadron "The Falcons", 345th Bombardment Group "Air Apaches", Dobodura Airfield, New Guinea, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

Built by North American, with no previous experience on multi-engined aircraft, the B-25 Mitchell proved to be one of the most versatile combat aircraft to see action in World War II. So impressed with what they saw on the drawing board, the USAAC ordered 184 aircraft -- to be designated the B-25 -- before metal had even been cut on a revised design.

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USAAC Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A Flying Boat - 14-P-5, Patrol Squadron 14 (VP-14), Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] USAAC Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A Flying Boat - 14-P-5, Patrol Squadron 14 (VP-14), Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack] (1:72 Scale)

The PBY Catalina was the US Navy designation for an American and Canadian-built flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s. PB stands for Patrol Bomber, with Y being Consolidated's manufacturer identification. It could be equipped with depth charges, bombs, torpedoes, and .50 caliber machine guns and was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II.

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