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Literature: Days Of Infamy
Days of Infamy is a two-novel Alternate History of the initial stages of the Pacific War by Harry Turtledove. The premise of the story that Empire of Japan not only attacks Pearl Harbor, but follows it up with the landing and occupation of Hawaii.

The second novel details the occupation of the islands, and the subsequent defeat of Japanese forces by the United States in 1943.

This series provides examples of:

  • Ace Pilot: Mitsudo Fuchida for the Japanese, and Joe Crosetti for the Americans.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: The attack on Japanese occupied Oahu is called the "Doolittle Raid".
  • Alternate History
  • Anyone Can Die: Among the viewpoint characters in the Japanese armed forces, only Yasuo Furusawa survived as a prisoner of war.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The attack on Pearl Harbor was already a Rage Breaking Point for Americans but the invasion of Hawaii just amplifies the anger.
  • Book Ends: When the Japanese launch their invasion on Hawaii, the Haleiwa Fighter Strip was the first air strip to fall to the Japanese. When the Americans returned in 1943, it was the first airfield to fall to them.
  • Colonel Badass: Platoon Sergeant Lester Dillon of the USMC and World War I vet.
  • Cool Boat:
    • The USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), USS Copahee (CVE-12), and many more.
    • The Japanese have Daihatsu class landing crafts, the IJN Akagi, and the IJN Shokaku
  • Cool Guns:
    • Browning Automatic Rifles were used by the US Marines when they retake Hawaii.
    • M2 Flamethrowers are used by Marines in Honolulu.
    • Arisaka Rifles are noted of being Boring, but Practical.
  • Cool Plane:
    • During liberation of Hawaii, B-17 Flying Fortresses sink the IJN Akagi and the IJN Shokaku and work in tandem with B-24 Liberators to pound Japanese positions, airfields and ships.
    • B-25 Mitchells were used in the Doolittle raid on Oahu, with great success.
    • The F 6 F Grumman Hellcat proves invaluable in replacing the F 4 F Wildcat.
    • The Aichi D 3 A dive bomber was decisive in winning the battle during the first US attempt to retake Hawaii.
    • The Zero is the most affective Japanese fighter up until 1943.
  • Culture Clash: The Japanese soldiers are pretty much amazed by American culture, such as the number of privately-owned cars and surfing.
    • By the end of the American liberation, many surviving Japanese POW's were very surprised of how they were being properly treated by their captors than how they treated their prisoners.
  • Day of the Jackboot: From the perspective of the people living in Hawaii under Japanese occupation.
  • Death from Above: Everything from air support to mortar fire to kamikazes.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Murphy was decapitated for possession of a radio.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sanji Iwabuchi. Even made worse that Iwabuchi became the leader of all Japanese forces in Hawaii after Tomoyuki Yamashita was killed and heedlessly ordering troops to charge at the enemy, regardless of the number of Japanese soldiers that are killed and any civilians caught in the crossfire. Some Japanese leaders, Minoru Genda among them, are disturbed by his tactics. Although, it is much as a surprise and shock for American military intelligence, as Iwabuchi's mentality was hardly unique among the Japanese military.
  • Flaunting Your Fleets: The first time the Americans attempt to retake Hawaii, they send out a fleet roughly equal in numbers to the Japanese detachment at Hawaii, but it is undone by inexperienced soldiers, faulty armaments and outdated equipment. With the second attempt to retake the islands the Americans take the time to do things right and send an overwhelming force. Japanese pilots defending their hold on the islands see a fleet stretching back as far as they can see to the horizon... and then realize that there are still more ships even further back, giving the pilot seeing this a major Oh, Crap moment.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The Japanese gave their approval of conquering Hawaii after being convinced by Minoru Genda.
    • Saburo Shindo dies in 1943 when he slams his scrapyard Zero fighter into the USS Bunker Hill.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Hawaiian puppet king Stanley Owana Laanui justified his appreciation as puppet ruler for the Japanese as a way to get back at the white population that ruled Hawaii.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Averted for Queen Laanui, who was actually quite benevolent during her rule.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Only the historical viewpoint characters are the Japanese.
  • Hypocrite: King Stanley Owana Laanui denounces the white population of Hawaii despite being married to a white woman.
  • Imperial Japan
  • Improvised Weapon: Saburo Shindo, in a desperate attempt to get back into the air, repairs his Zero by scavenging the remains from other Zero fighters and Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusas.
  • In Its Hour of Need: Queen Laanui and King Stanley chose to remain in Hawaii rather than take a submarine to Japan.
  • Interservice Rivalry: The Imperial Japanese Army and Navy hardly tolerate each other and had been traditionally, which only intensified during their occupation of Hawaii.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Jim Peterson, severely malnourished, says this to Charlie Opana, who want to escape together from the Japanese POW camp when the second battle for Hawaii is falling in favor for the Americans. Although Charlie promised in looking for help, but was unfortunately too late.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun
  • Kill It with Fire: The Marines use flamethrowers to evict those stubborn pockets of Japs in Honolulu.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Japanese gets their comeuppance for defending Hawaii against the United States in the same situation as the Americans'.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: Once the U.S. retook Hawaii, Stanley Owana Lanni shot his wife before turning his gun on himself.
  • Leave No Survivors: Jim Peterson and the surviving POW's that were working in the tunnel are buried alive by their Japanese guards during the American liberation.
  • Les Collaborateurs:
    • Jiro Takahasi and other elder Japanese Issei fell into the Les Collaborateurs camp.
    • A subversion for Japanese gardener Yosh Nakayama, who never want to abuse his position as a translator for the Japanese occupiers, and had little choice in the matter. Because of his sincerity, he escaped unscathed from running the gauntlet after the occupation ended.
    • The "Royal Hawaiian Army" is a mixed bag during the liberation. On one side, many disenfranchised native Hawaiians were willingly to fight the Americans to the death. But for the majority, many realized the futility and chose to peacefully surrender without incident.
  • Make an Example of Them: As U.S. forces prepared to overrun Iolani Palace, King Stanley and Queen Cynthia both realized that if they were captured alive, this would be their fate. Hence them choosing suicide over capture.
  • Monumental Damage: In Days of Infamy, the Aloha Tower is bombed by Japanese dive bombers to break American morale.
    • In End of the Beginning, the Iolani Palace and the Honolulu Hale were made as the Japanese's last line of defense against US Marines, and were necessary destroyed by the Americans to crush the Japanese that are fighting to the last man.
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: IJN sailors refer to all US Navy dive bombers as "Hell Divers".
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: Given to the fact that Japan didn't sign the Geneva Convention, the Imperial Japanese Army fills out their criteria throughout the series (many of which are unfortunately Truth in Television):
    • During the invasion, Japanese planes indiscriminately shoot evacuating civilians that were haphazardly mixed in with US Army columns along the highways.
    • American medics are targeted by the Japanese.
    • A public execution of an American civilian for illegally keeping a radio via decapitation.
    • A captured American POW was tortured by being repeatedly bayoneted, castrated and his genitals are put in his mouth before expiring from blood loss, AND, as a sadistic add to insult, having a sign placed next to him with the words: "HE TAKE LONG TIME DIE".
    • American POW's are worked to death.
    • The Japanese military resorted to forcing women civilians in Hawaii to becoming comfort women as there were too many Japanese servicemen crowding Hotel Street's brothels. Jane Armitage was among the comfort women. In real life, it was a very unfortunate Truth in Television.
  • Off with His Head!: Murphy, an elementary school principal, was decapitated by the Japs under charges of treason.
  • Only Sane Man: Isoroku Yamamoto, unsurprisingly, knew better that attacking and invading Hawaii was a bad idea from the beginning.
  • POW Camp
  • Puppet King: Stanley Owana Lanni was made "King of Hawaii" by the Japanese after the Pearl Harbor attack and invasion. Ironically, Stanley was the Japanese government's last choice for office, as many native Hawaiians with royal blood, such as Abigail Kawananakoa, knew better that the real power remains in Japanese hands and flatly declined the Japanese's offer.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The 1st Battle of the North Pacific, while a Japanese victory cost them a lot of expert pilots and the IJN Zuikaku was sunk and no reserves would be sent to the island.
  • Right Under Their Noses: The hidden American airfield that was built on Kauai, which the Japanese didn't bothered to occupy, and becoming a strategic landing site for American bombers during the liberation.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Queen Cynthia Laanui, despite being noted as being a bit dumb, helped oversee the dispersal of supplies and did some charity work.
  • Second Sino-Japanese War: Many Japanese soldiers and sailors that invaded Hawaii are veterans that fought in mainland China. It is noted by some Japanese characters that they found occupation duty on the islands are far less dangerous and dull in comparison to their previous duties in China.
  • Semper Fi: The United States Marine Corps are among the main American forces that liberated Hawaii.
  • Seppuku: Minoru Genda commits seppuku after the United States reconquered Hawaii. In this case, Yasuo Furusawa acted as Genda's second by shooting him in the head just as Genda disemboweled himself.
  • Sliding Scale of Alternate History Plausibility: From a realistic perspective, it's considered logistically impossible for Japan invading Hawaii. Specifically noted by the occupying Japanese forces, who have to convert the Hawaiian pineapple plantations into farms to feed themselves. Even then, they end up having to remove most of their occupying force after repulsing the initial American counterattack.
  • Sole Survivor: Out of all the Japanese characters given a POV, only Yasuo Furusawa survives.
  • Suicide Attack: Saburo Shindo's death in making what's apparently the first kamikaze attack on the USS Bunker Hill.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Minoru Genda.
  • Taking You with Me: During the American liberation, desperate Japanese soldiers start carrying live grenades and diving in front of American tanks.
  • Tank Goodness:
    • The M3 Stuart fair well against Japanese tanks during the invasion.
    • By the second book, the M4 Sherman dominated armored warfare and their only casualties are the result of suicide petrol bombs and grenade attacks.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Both America and Japan underestimated each other prior to the invasion. In the first book, the Japanese believed that the Americans were lazy and incompetent as emphasized in the Americans' first failed retaking of Hawaii. But by the second book, Japan got the receiving end when America got its wits together and upgraded its military to finally retaking Hawaii.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Stanley Lanni starts drinking after learning that the Imperial Japanese Navy was wiped out by the Americans and going worse for wear when he realized the inevitable fact that Hawaii will fall back to the Americans.
  • World War II: While only giving focus to the Pacific Theater, passing mentions are given to the Russian Eastern front and the European theater.
  • Yanks with Tanks
  • You ALL Share My Story: Although narrowly averted. Charlie Opana gets thrown into the POW camp with Jim Peterson. Lester Dillon was among the Marines that assaulted Iolani Palace and knocked out Yasuo Furusawa.
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