Pacific Carrier War

Pacific Carrier War

Carrier Combat from Pearl Harbor to Okinawa

General Military
  • Author: Mark Stille
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 14 Oct 2021
  • Number of Pages: 304
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A detailed and comprehensive study of the carrier formations of the Pacific War, including their origins, development and key battles from the Coral Sea, through Midway and Guadalcanal to the battle of the Philippine Sea.

The defining feature of the Pacific Theatre of World War II was the clash of carriers that ultimately decided the fate of nations. The names of these battles have become legendary as some of the most epic encounters in the history of naval warfare. Pre-war assumptions about the impact and effectiveness of carriers were comprehensively tested in early war battles such as Coral Sea, while US victories at Midway and in the waters around Guadalcanal established the supremacy of its carriers. The US Navy's ability to adapt and evolve to the changing conditions of war maintained and furthered their advantage, culminating in their comprehensive victory at the battle of the Philippine Sea, history's largest carrier battle, which destroyed almost the entire Japanese carrier force.

Examining the ships, aircraft and doctrines of both the Japanese and US navies and how they changed during the war, Mark E. Stille shows how the domination of American carriers paved the way towards the Allied victory in the Pacific.

Biographical Note

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) spent his naval career as an intelligence officer serving on the Joint Staff, the faculty of the Naval War College, and in the ship's company of two aircraft carriers. He is the author of over 40 Osprey titles, focusing on the naval history of the Pacific War. He recently retired from government service after a total of 39 years in the intelligence community and now lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Contents

Introduction
1. Ships, Aircraft, and Men
2. The First Six Months
3. Clash of Carriers in the Coral Sea
4. Ambush at Midway
5. The Battle of the Eastern Solomons
6. Showdown at Santa Cruz
7. Preparing for the Ultimate Carrier Battle
8. The Battle of the Philippine Sea
9. Conclusion and Analysis
Bibliography
Index


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