Kido Butai: Terror of the Pacific – WW2 Special

Kido Butai was the fleet that launched the surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at anchor at Pearl Harbor and followed that up with a string of victories in 1942. But how was it commanded, both as a whole and in the high and even mid level command? Today we’ll look at that.

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Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Written by: Markus Linke and Indy Neidell
Director: Astrid Deinhard
Producers: Astrid Deinhard and Spartacus Olsson
Executive Producers: Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson, Bodo Rittenauer
Creative Producer: Maria Kyhle
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Markus Linke
Edited by: Miki Cackowski
Sound design: Marek Kamiński
Map animations: Eastory (

Colorizations by:
Carlos Ortega Pereira, BlauColorizations,
Jaris Almazani (Artistic Man),
Norman Stewart –

Mitsubishi G4M bomber graphic, courtesy Kaboldy
Picture of Jisaku Okada, courtesy XxSuguxX
Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe

Soundtracks from the Epidemic Sound:
Jo Wandrini – Dragon King
Rannar Sillard – March Of The Brave 4
Yi Nantiro – Watchman
Philip Ayers – The Unexplored
Johannes Bornlof – The Inspector 4
Mandala Dreams – Pacific Shores
Phoenix Tails – At the Front
Philip Ayers – Trapped in a Maze

Archive by Screenocean/Reuters

A TimeGhost chronological documentary produced by OnLion Entertainment GmbH.