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Dr. William H. Bartsch is one of the great historians of the Pacific War. He holds a PhD in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies, and he worked for the UN for a number of years, all over the world. As he worked, he also indulged his passion for Pacific War history and spent years gathering source materials that form the basis of several seminal works including: Doomed from the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942, Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942, Victory Fever on Guadalcanal: Japan's First Land Defeat of World War II, and Dec. 8, 1941: MacArthur’s Pearl Harbor. In late 2019, Jim Zobel of the MacArthur Memorial sat down with Dr. Bartsch to discuss his work as a historian and the process by which he amassed an incredible collection of source material.