These are events that happened in real life.
France and Britain declared war on Germany after Hitler invaded Poland.
Four million German troops poured over the Russian border.
General Dwight Eisenhower led U.S. and allied troops in an invasion of Normandy, France.
Germany surrendered to the United States.
Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan killing about 78,000 people.
These are events from the book.
A marine airfield, a U.S. Naval base, and a deep water harbor had all been taken over by the Japanese.
The first Marines were dropped on Guadalcanal.
Over 3000 Americans died when the Marines were pulled back.
Masafumi Arima tried to crash his plane into the aircraft carrier, Franklin.
The Central Pacific Command had just sent down its orders to the troops.