The Naval Siege of Japan 1945

The Naval Siege of Japan 1945

War Plan Orange Triumphant

Campaign 348
  • Author: Brian Lane Herder
  • Illustrator: Dorothy Hwee
  • Short code: CAM 348
  • Publication Date: 30 Apr 2020
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The final months of Allied naval bombardments on the Home Islands during World War II have, for whatever reason, frequently been overlooked by historians. Yet the Allies' final naval campaign against Japan involved the largest and arguably most successful wartime naval fleet ever assembled, and was the climax to the greatest naval war in history. Though suffering grievous losses during its early attacks, by July 1945 the United States Third Fleet wielded 1,400 aircraft just off the coast of Japan, while Task Force 37, the British Pacific Fleet's carrier and battleship striking force, was the most powerful single formation ever assembled by the Royal Navy. In the final months of the war the Third Fleet's 20 American and British aircraft carriers would hurl over 10,000 aerial sorties against the Home Islands, whilst another ten Allied battleships would inflict numerous morale-destroying shellings on Japanese coastal cities.
In this illustrated study, historian Brian Lane Herder draws on primary sources and expert analysis to chronicle the full story of the Allies' Navy Siege of Japan from February 1945 to the very last days of World War II.

Biographical Note

Born in 1981, Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kansas in 2003, and a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2009. He is a legislative librarian for the Kansas state government and his historical research interests include the US military, naval warfare, and World War II.Singpore born and bred, Dorothy J. Hwee started her career at Imaginary Friends Studios. LucasArts was her first stepping stone into the video game industry as a concept artist, and she has had the privilege of working with some of the great art directors from LucasFilm. She is now a Senior Concept Artist in one of Japan's most well known video game companies, Bandai Namco Studios Singapore and has worked on titles such as, Star Wars: Battle Pod (lead concept artist), Star Wars: 1313, God Eater 2: Rage Burst and Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. You can check out some of her works at: www.artofdjh.blogspot.com

Contents

Origins of the campaign
Chronology
Opposing commanders
Opposing armies
Orders of battle
Opposing plans
The campaign
Aftermath
The battlefields today
Further reading
Index
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