July 29, 1941. News of Japan’s occupation of Saigon which
threatens the British positions in Burma and Malaya, the Dutch in Indonesia, and
the American in the Philippine Islands hits the U.S. with the force of a
President Roosevelt freezes Japanese assets in the United
States and places an embargo on exports of oil to Japan. The United Kingdom,
Canada and the Dutch government in exile follow suit, depriving Japan of much
needed oil resources.
Japan’s fuel supply is expected to last 2 years, after
which their navy and army will be completely crippled.
For 5 months the Japanese political minister unsuccessfully
seeks a working diplomatic solution to the embargo stranglehold. The embargo
continues, threatening to incapacitate the fleet of the empire of the rising
sun. Amongst a heated debate, the Japanese high command reluctantly decides to
go to war with the U.S.
Japan executes a stealthy lightning stroke attack on Pearl
Harbor, seeking to knock out the U.S. as a force in the Pacific and hoping to
buy itself enough time to conquer South East Asia and many Island colonies to
secure the resources it needs before the U.S. can recover…
Thus would commence what would be the largest naval
struggle in history.
Battling out the largest naval struggle known to man
will take place on a huge 24' by 36' hard mounted board!
Japan launches it's opening mass assault on China...
Pacific at War will include over 395 Playing Pieces!