Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presents the cruiser clashes during the battles for Guadacanal , highlighting the Battle of Savo Island and the Battle of Cape Esperance. The first was a Japanese victory that resulted in the loss of four Allied cruisers. However, in the latter, the Americans managed to turn the tables despite the battle being fought throughout the night. This book presents a view of the design and development of the opposing weapons systems, illustrated with newly commissioned digital artwork. It uses firsthand accounts to bring the battles to life and explain why the Americans suffered early on, but eventually had their revenge.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · Chronology · Design and development:· Strategic situation: A review of the strengths and weaknesses of each cruiser force · Technical Specifications: A review of the main cruiser classes · The Combatants: A discussion of the training, training, and conditions of service for the cruiser sailors on each side. The mini-biographies will include command and ship captain level · Combat: The Battle of Savo and the Battle of Cape Esperance · Statistics and Analysis: Overall losses during the war, number of ships employed, how ships were lost and an assessment of the superior force · Aftermath: The fate of the two navies' cruiser forces after 1942. The focus will be a brief examination of the other cruiser actions that occurred after 1942.