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.
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.
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equal in numbers to the Japanese detachment at Hawaii, but it is undone by inexperienced soldiers, faulty armaments and outdated equipment.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.