The US Navy in World War II

The US Navy in World War II

Elite 80
  • Author: Mark Henry
  • Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro
  • Short code: ELI 80
  • Publication Date: 25 Jan 2002
  • Number of Pages: 64
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In 1941 the US Navy had 17 battleships - of which eight would be knocked out on the first day of the war - four aircraft carriers, and about 340,000 men including reservists. Pearl Harbor so weakened it that it was unable to prevent the Japanese capture of the Philippines and a vast sweep of Pacific islands. By 1945 it was the strongest navy the world had ever seen, with nearly 100 carriers, 41,000 aircraft and 3.3 million men; the unrivalled master of air-sea and amphibious operations, it was poised to invade Japan's home islands after reducing her fleet to scrap and her Pacific empire to impotence and starvation. This extraordinary story is illustrated here with dramatic photos, and nine meticulous colour plates showing a wide range of USN uniforms.

Biographical Note

Mark R. Henry is a lifelong student of military history and an experienced re-enactor of many periods. He served in the US Army as a signals officer 1981-90, in Germany, Texas and Korea. He holds a BA degree in History and is studying for his Master's; and currently works in the US Army museum system. His special interest lies in the United States armed forces of the 20th century.Ramiro Bujeiro, previously the illustrator of Osprey's Warrior 23: US Marine in Vietnam, Elite 68: The Military Sniper since 1914, and MAA 357: World War II Allied Women's Services, is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas, including many years' work for IPC magazines in Great Britain. His main interests are the political and military history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Contents

Uniforms: blues, whites, dungarees, khakis, greys, flying greens; foul weather, flight deck crew, aircrew, Coast Guard, WAVES, frogmen, SeaBees, Hospital Corpsmen - Insignia: rank rating, service, cuff, medals - The Crew: recruitment, training, pay, food, life on board, duties, battle stations, medical, shore leave - Ship types - Weapons - Aircraft - Types of mission - Camapign summary

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